Monthly Archives: June 2019

HMAS Newcastle retires after 25 years’ service

The Royal Australian Navy has celebrated the completion of 25 years of service by HMAS Newcastle at a ceremony to decommission the ship at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney.

Since commissioning in 1993, Newcastle had steamed around 815,000 nautical miles, deployed on operations to the Middle East six times; earned battle honours for her service in East Timor, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East; and conducted peacekeeping operations in the Solomon Islands.

HMAS Success decommissions after 33 years’ service to Australia

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Success, at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney, in a ceremony full of tradition, after more than three decades of service.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN joined 23rd and final Commanding Officer of HMAS Success, Captain Darren Grogan to pay tribute to the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, a title given to Navy’s oldest ship, and, the 5,000 men and women who served in her.

HMAS Ballarat conducts boarding

While deployed to the Middle East Region for Operation MANITOU, HMAS Ballarat has conducted a boarding of a vessel (dhow) in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

During the boarding, illicit cargo was discovered and seized which included nearly half a million rounds of small arms ammunition, and 697 bags of chemical fertiliser. The fertiliser has possible dual use for the manufacture of improvised explosives.

Hunter-Class Frigate Program maximises opportunities for local suppliers

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, is encouraging Australian businesses to back themselves and get involved in the Hunter-Class Frigate Program.
The Minister welcomed advice that more than 100 Australian suppliers have attended a procurement update in Adelaide to see how they can tap into the prototyping phase of the project, which will begin in 2020.

Task Group Taji Rotation 8 personnel return home

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, welcomed the return of around 100 members of Task Group Taji Rotation 8 who touched down in Brisbane today following a successful deployment to Iraq.
Minister Reynolds acknowledged the important role the Task Group had played for the past seven months, helping to train and develop the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) alongside the New Zealand Defence Force and Singaporean Armed Forces.

C-17A Globemaster cross-servicing agreement with United States

The United States and Australia have agreed on a cross-servicing arrangement for the repair and maintenance of C-17A Globemaster transport aircraft.

The arrangement permits C-17A technicians from the United States Air Force (USAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to conduct maintenance activities on each other’s aircraft.

Air Vice-Marshal Steve Roberton, Air Commander Australia, said the Aircraft Repair and Maintenance Service Implementing Arrangement (ARMS-IA) will provide greater flexibility to C-17A operations.

Contract signed for new Air Defence System

Joint media release
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, today announced the signing of an acquisition contract between Defence and Raytheon Australia Pty Ltd as part of the Government’s investment for the supply of a new short range ground based air defence capability.

Helping Brisbane small business to grow and save lives

Joint Media Release
The Hon Trevor Evans MP
Member for Brisbane
A Brisbane company that specialises in developing technologies to protect military and emergency response personnel has won backing from the Australian Government.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP announced that firm EPE has secured a $300,000 Defence contract to help it grow its business.