Monthly Archives: September 2019

Australia supports the recovery of Vietnamese war remains

As part of the ongoing cooperation between Australia and Vietnam, the Department of Defence has presented the Vietnamese Deputy Minister for Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem with a digital database of Missing in Action data.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Australia understands the importance of honouring those who have died in war.
“The recovery of war remains has been an important area of defence cooperation between Australia and Vietnam,” Mr Chester said.

Backing a Canberra small business targeting innovative solutions on the global stage

A Canberra company will develop a smart digital solution for Army’s tactical logistics management and control with funding support through the Morrison Government.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, made the announcement with ECLIPS Logistics at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) in London today.
Minister Price said the company is seeking to develop technology to integrate Defence’s logistics information system with modular distribution and magnetic location tags and sensors.

Australian small business $15m Defence deal delivering jobs for Western Sydney

Australian company Thomas Global has secured a $15 million contract with Rheinmetall as part of a major deal to deliver a new generation of combat vehicles for Australia.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced the signing at the Defence and Security Equipment (DSEI) International tradeshow in London.
Minister Price said the deal would generate 20 more jobs for Western Sydney and demonstrated how local businesses were benefiting from major Defence contracts.

Industry partnership established for HMAS Cairns fuel facility

Defence will partner with Viva Energy Australia to manage the HMAS Cairns fuel facility as part of the Government’s commitment to transform the Defence fuel network.

Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Ian Murray welcomed the partnership and the benefits that this collaboration will bring to both Defence and local industry.

“This is a significant milestone for the Defence fuel transformation program, as we aim to generate greater industry collaboration across our fuel network,” Rear Admiral Murray said.

Defence export grants help small businesses think global

The Morrison Government has awarded $1.85 million in grants to small businesses looking to expand overseas, as part of a strategic approach to growing Australia’s defence exports.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced the 13 grant recipients at the Defence Industry and Innovation Day held at Australia House in London on Monday ahead of the major defence tradeshow, Defence Security & Equipment International (DSEI).

Promoting Australia’s defence industry ties in the United Kingdom and France

I am travelling to Europe this week to lead a record delegation of Australian businesses at one of the world’s largest defence tradeshows to promote defence industry opportunities with the United Kingdom and France.
In the UK, I will support the largest contingent of Australian defence industry companies to attend the Defence and Security Equipment International tradeshow with a focus on how small businesses can benefit from defence partnerships.

Exercise Crocodile Response concludes in Northern Territory

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) have completed the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) activity ‘Exercise Crocodile Response’ in the Northern Territory.
The Exercise was held at military bases across Darwin and the Mount Bundey Training Area, providing scenarios that tested how Australia and the United States cooperate in responding to humanitarian crises.

Royal Australian Air Force conducts first bilateral air combat exercise with Japan

Up to 150 Air Force personnel will participate in the first bilateral air combat exercise between the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Exercise Bushido Guardian 2019 marks a new precedent in Australia and Japan’s air-to-air, defence and broader bilateral relationship.

Defence Blood Challenge has life-saving impact

The Defence Blood Challenge, Australia’s longest-running annual blood drive in support of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS), was officially launched yesterday in Canberra.

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC was joined by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, Chief of Staff – Army Headquarters, Brigadier Kahlil Fegan and ARCBS Chief Executive Shelly Park to declare the challenge open for 2019. Defence has participated in the competition for more than ten years, contributing over 110,000 life-saving donations.

Townsville soldiers bid farewell ahead of Middle East deployment

Around 85 Australian Defence Force personnel have been farewelled at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville today ahead of their upcoming deployment to the Middle East region.
The ADF contingent are largely from the Townsville-based 10th Force Support Battalion of the 17th Sustainment Brigade, and will deploy on a seven-month rotation as part of Force Support Element Eleven (FSE 11).