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Air Force Joint Strike Fighters Arrive in Australia

Joint Media Release
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP In an historic day in Australian aviation, the first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters to be permanently based in Australia arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown.
The Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, were there to welcome the aircraft and RAAF fighter pilots who flew the final leg in the journey from Luke Air Force Base Arizona.

REDWING Delivers Life-Saving Capability to Afghanistan

The Australian Defence Force, in collaboration with Australian industry, has today sent the final delivery of life-saving SILVERSHIELD units to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces.
SILVERSHIELD is the latest evolution in vehicle-mounted systems being developed under the REDWING program, which provides protection against radio controlled improvised explosive devices.

Task Group Taji Rotation 7 Completes Training Mission in Iraq

Around 300 soldiers returned to Brisbane today following a successful deployment training the Iraqi Security Forces.
The seventh rotation of Task Group Taji, made up primarily of soldiers from Brisbane’s 7th Combat Brigade, trained more than 4,500 Iraqi soldiers while on deployment.
Minister for Defence the Hon. Christopher Pyne congratulated the troops on their successful deployment.
“Task Group Taji 7 made a real difference to the training of the Iraqi Army,” said Minister Pyne.

Creating a modern workforce model for a contemporary Australian Defence Force

An innovative workforce model designed to meet the needs of a modern day defence force has commenced which aims to increase flexibility and capability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the TWM offered ADF members a greater range of employment opportunities, retaining critical skills when members would have otherwise left the ADF.

Australia to join United States and Japan in Guam for Operation Christmas Drop 18

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will deploy a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft to Guam for Operation Christmas Drop 18, the world’s longest running humanitarian airdrop activity, from 5 to 18 December 2018.

Held annually since 1952, Operation Christmas Drop is led by the United States Pacific Air Force (PACAF) and involves C-130 Hercules crews airdropping loads to remote island communities spread over six million square kilometres of the West Pacific.

Opportunities for Local Companies in Future Submarine Program

Local companies are being encouraged to get involved and seek opportunities in Australia’s Future Submarine Program.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has welcomed the latest Future Submarine Program Industry Day which will be held on the 5th of December at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
“The $50 billion program will see Australia’s Future Submarines built in Australia, by Australians, using Australian steel,” Minister Pyne said.

Joint Media Release – Assistant Minister for Defence & Minister for Environment – Response to PFAS Inquiry

Release of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Report on its Inquiry into management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases
The Government today welcomed the release of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Report on its Inquiry into management of PFAS contamination in and around Defence bases.

Over 1000 jobs supported in landing helicopter dock and landing craft sustainment agreement

Naval Ship Management will partner with the Australian Defence Force to sustain and support Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) and LHD Landing Crafts (LLCs) over the long term under a historic new agreement.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulates Naval Ship Management, an existing joint venture between UGL and Babcock, on being selected to sustain and support this strategically important capability over fifteen years, from July 2019.

Australia P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to enforce sanctions on North Korea

Next week Australia will deploy a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Japan to conduct maritime surveillance in support of the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions on North Korea.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the deployment supports Australia’s ongoing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea.
“This is part of Australia’s commitment to deter and disrupt illicit trade and sanctions evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks,” Minister Pyne said.

Henderson shipside support tower

Joint media release
Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Steven Ciobo MP Minister for Defence, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP The Henderson maritime precinct in Western Australia has received a major boost with the opening of a new Shipside Support Tower.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, today announced the opening of the facility at the BAE Systems Australia-owned shipyard.