Monthly Archives: May 2019

Inaugural maritime Exercise Pacific Vanguard concludes off the coast of Guam

The first iteration of Exercise Pacific Vanguard was successfully held off the coast of Guam over the period 22-28 May 2019.

Exercise Pacific Vanguard is a combined maritime exercise involving key regional defence partners from Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States.

Exercises included combined manoeuvres, live firing, as well as defensive counter-air and anti-submarine warfare serials.

Statement regarding the death of a US Marine in the Northern Territory

I am deeply saddened by the death of a United States Marine who passed away on Tuesday from injuries he sustained in a vehicle accident at the Mount Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory on 25 May 2019.
On behalf of the Australian Government, I wish to extend my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of this Marine.
The Department of Defence is in close contact with Marine Corps leadership and is offering Australia’s full support at this difficult time.

Appointment as Minister for Defence Industry

I am honoured to be appointed today as Minister for Defence Industry in the Government and look forward to growing Australia’s support of our armed forces and creation of more jobs for Australians.
The Australian Government is committing $200 billion over the next decade (to 2028-29) to keep Australians safe by investing in our defence capability – the largest build-up of the Australian military in our peacetime history.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia.

The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017.

Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

New Materials Research to Enhance Submarine Stealth

Defence has signed a 3-year collaboration agreement with universities and industry to develop new acoustic materials that will make Australian submarines harder to detect.

The $1.5 million Defence Science and Technology (DST) agreement, supported by the Next Generation Technologies Fund, will produce new materials to reduce the acoustic signature of submarines without disrupting their operation.

Air Force Wraps Up Training in Top End Skies

More than 2000 personnel, 100 aircraft and the next generation of Air Force Air Warfare Instructors are returning to their home bases after being tested to the limit during Exercise Diamond Storm in the Northern Territory.

The exercise is the final stage of an intensive three-phase Air Warfare Instructor Course that assesses candidates in academic and practical activities spanning six months.

Exercise Director, Group Captain Matt McCormack, said a strong cadre of personnel capable of integrating warfighting functions across a range of specialisations will graduate.

Task Force Arrives in Indonesia for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has begun its engagement program in Indonesia during the final port visits before returning to Australia later this month.

HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle arrived in Jakarta on 18 May, with HMAS Success visiting Makassar in South Sulawesi on the same day.

Commander IPE 19 Joint Task Force, Air Commodore Rick Owen says the visits are a valuable opportunity to enhance one of Australia’s most important regional defence partnerships.

First Maritime Exercise conducted by Australian, French, Japanese and US ships in the Indian Ocean

Naval vessels from Australia, France, Japan and the United States are set to commence the first iteration of the French-led maritime exercise La Perouse in the Indian Ocean.
Exercise La Perouse will consist of two Royal Australian Navy units, the helicopter frigate HMAS Toowoomba and the submarine HMAS Collins, along with vessels from France, Japan and the United States.

Australian Defence Force strengthens sporting ties in Tonga

The Australian Defence Force Rugby League (ADF RL) has completed a successful tour in Tonga, where ADF personnel conducted training and coaching clinics with junior players and His Majesty’s Armed Forces (HMAF) players, from 15 to 17 May 2019.

Building on the Australian National Rugby League’s clinics, the program brought together the defence forces of Australia and Tonga to share coaching skills and deliver training to local schools.