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HMAS Warramunga continues operational success with third Middle East drug seizure in two weeks

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga seized 111 kilograms of heroin valued at $33 million during operations in the Arabian Sea on 7 January 2018.

This is the third successful interdiction for Warramunga in the past fortnight, taking the ship’s total seizures to more than 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 180 kilograms of heroin and a total approximate value of $629 million.

Babcock contract creates 16 new Defence industry jobs in SA

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced a $33 million contract with Babcock Pty Ltd to provide ground support equipment services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Minister Pyne said this contract would create 16 new South Australian jobs.
“Through this contract, Babcock will provide Ground Support Equipment Asset Management Services for the ADF. The contract covers all manner of equipment, including power units and equipment which loads and unloads aircraft,” Minister Pyne said.

Invictus games Sydney 2018 crew join race

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced Australian and UK Invictus Games Sydney 2018 military teams will compete in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Minister Payne said two yachts, crewed by current and former serving Defence personnel, will participate in this year’s edition of the iconic race.
“The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 DOWN UNDER yacht will be crewed by wounded, injured and ill Australian team members, while a UK crew will board Invictus Games Sydney 2018 GAME ON,” Minister Payne said.

Australian Strike Aircraft to Return Home from Counter-Daesh Campaign in Iraq and Syria

Australia’s six F/A-18F Super Hornets will return home in January marking the end of Australia’s successful air strike operations in Iraq and Syria.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said Australia had reviewed our contribution with our Iraqi and Coalition partners following the announcement of Iraq’s liberation from Daesh by Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi earlier this month.

AMOG Technologies and Thales collaborate on new research into submarine technology

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced another Australian defence industry collaboration success with Melbourne firm AMOG Technologies contracting with Thales on new research into stealth technology for submarine periscopes and optronic masts.
Minister Pyne congratulated AMOG Technologies, an offshore and maritime engineering company who will be working in collaboration with global Prime, Thales, on the first phase of a technology evaluation study.

Battlespace Communications System achieves milestone

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated Defence and Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) for delivery of the Australian Defence Force’s next generation of battlespace communications ahead of schedule.
The $650 million project, LAND 2072 Phase 2B, will deliver cutting-edge voice, data and video services, allowing for secure communication between deployed Australian land forces and headquarters.

ADF Personnel celebrate Christmas on operations

Around 1,880 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel serving their nation on operations overseas will celebrate Christmas away from their families and friends this year.

ADF personnel are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the broader Middle East Region and South Sudan, as well as in our northern waters, as part of Australia's ongoing commitment to regional and global stability and security.

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral (VADM) David Johnston, said the ADF would continue serving on operations over a time more often reserved for holidays and festive celebrations.