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Future Australian LHD Begins Sea Trials

Future Australian LHD Begins Sea Trials

NUSHIP Canberra, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock ships being built for the Australian Defence Force, sailed yesterday for the first time under her own propulsion as part of the sea trials and testing program. Canberra departed the BAE […]


Australia to Buy 8 Boeing P-8A Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Australia to Buy 8 Boeing P-8A Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

The Government has approved the acquisition of eight P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches and patrol over 2.5 million square kilometres of our marine jurisdiction – an area […]


First Two MH-60Rs Delivered to Australian Navy

First Two MH-60Rs Delivered to Australian Navy

Defence Minister David Johnston today hailed as an “outstanding success” the delivery of the first two of 24 US-built MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. “The handover of the […]


RAAF F-35s On Track for Delivery

RAAF F-35s On Track for Delivery

As Australia’s first F-35A – commonly known as the Joint Strike Fighter – rolls along the assembly-line, Air Force’s first F-35A squadron is on track to be operational in 2020, according to New Air Combat Capability Project Manager Air Vice […]


RAAF Starts Growler Training in the United States

RAAF Starts Growler Training in the United States

An important step in the introduction of the Royal Australian Air Force’s electronic warfare capability has commenced, with the first pilot instructor commencing flying on the EA-18G Growler in the United States. Flight Lieutenant Sean Rutledge has commenced training with […]


Australia’s Chinook Mission In Afghanistan Complete

Australia’s Chinook Mission In Afghanistan Complete

Rotary Wing Group – Eight (RWG-8), the Australian Army Aviation Detachment, has completed its mission in Afghanistan. RWG-8 marked the End of Mission during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) on Saturday (14 September 2013). The KAF-based RWG consisted of […]


Royal Australian Navy First to Fire MU90 Torpedo

Royal Australian Navy First to Fire MU90 Torpedo

The Royal Australian Navy has successfully conducted the world’s first firing of a “war shot” MU90 Lightweight Torpedo, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN announced today. ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Stuart fired the explosive warhead against […]


Australia and Indonesia Sign Memorandum of Sale for C-130H Hercules

Australia and Indonesia Sign Memorandum of Sale for C-130H Hercules

Today in Perth, Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo and I witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Sale between Australia and Indonesia for five C 130H aircraft and associated equipment. During my visit to Jakarta in April this year, I confirmed […]


Australian Navy Commissions 808 Squadron and New MRH 90 Helicopter

Australian Navy Commissions 808 Squadron and New MRH 90 Helicopter

A new helicopter to be used by both the Royal Australian Navy and Army was today inducted into the Australian Defence Force Fleet during a commissioning ceremony at HMAS Albatross, near Nowra, NSW. The ceremony also marked the formal induction […]


 
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