Monthly Archives: May 2019

Space Surveillance Telescope Building handover

The Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG) have today handed over ownership of the new Space Surveillance Telescope Building to the Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).
The completed building and supporting facilities, located in Exmouth, Western Australia, are an important milestone in Project AIR 3029 Phase 2 – Space Surveillance Telescope. The Space Telescope will be housed in the new building and its installation is on track to meet Initial Operating Capability in 2021.

HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea.
The seizures, including approximately 2.5 tonnes of hashish and 135kg of heroin, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on 5 and 7 May 2019.
The vessels, known as dhows, were exhibiting signs of suspicious activity and were subsequently boarded and inspected by the crew of HMAS Ballarat.

Shared passion for rugby unites Tongan and Australian forces

The one week tour of Tonga by Australian Army Rugby Union (AARU) culminated on game day, with matches between the men’s and women’s elite defence teams on 11 May 2019.
Throughout the week the AARU trained with His Majesty’s Armed Forces players, played in a 7’s tournament, engaged with local school and church communities, and conducted coaching clinics.
AARU Program Manager, Lieutenant Colonel Ashley Cootes said the week-long tour provided opportunities for meaningful engagement between the Australian and Tongan rugby teams, both on and off the field.