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ADF renders safe explosives in Vanuatu
28 Aug 2015
At the request of the Vanuatu Government, Australia has sent a small team of Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists from No. 65 Airbase Recovery Squadron and medical support staff from 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron, to the Republic of Vanuatu to dispose of unexploded ordnance in coordination with the Vanuatu Police Force as part of Operation Render Safe. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) team flew on a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules aircraft from 37 Squadron from RAAF Base Richmond to the island of Espiritu Santo. Operation Render Safe is the ADF’s enduring commitment to the removal of explosive remnants of war which continue to pose a potential danger to communities across the South West Pacific.
UXO Disposal on Milingimbi Island
27 Aug 2015
Northern Territory Police from the Ramingingi Station, requested assistance from the members of Defence's Joint Logistics Unit - North (JLU-N) with what was believed to be a Japanese WWII Bomb. Members from the JLU-N Team attended Milingimbi Island, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory on Tuesday 25 August 2015 and successfully disposed of two Navigation Flame Float MKII (Live - Obsolete) items.
Prime Minister visits Thursday Island
26 Aug 2015
A service was held on Thursday Island to recognise the military service of Torres Strait servicemen and women. It was also attended by three Torres Strait veterans from World War II who were presented campaign medals by the Prime Minister and Chief of the Defence Force. Members of the Australian Defence Force provided logistic and communication support for an Australian Government contingent visiting Torres Strait communities in Far North Queensland from 23-28 August 2015. The Australian Defence Force supported a contingent of approximately 120 people including the Prime Minister, ministers, parliamentarians, support staff and senior public servants at Thursday Island and Bamaga Defence establishments. The ADF support included provision of accommodation, food and communication support by Australian Army soldiers from 17th Combat Service Support Battalion and 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment.
E-7A Wedgetail's contribution to OP OKRA
26 Aug 2015
The Australian Air Task Group E-7A Wedgetail aircraft and personnel deliver airborne early warning and control support to Coalition aircraft operating in Iraq and Syria as part of the US-led Coalition air campaign. The single goal of the air campaign is to disrupt and degrade Da’esh’s operations, while the Building Partner Capacity initiative continues to deliver critical training to the Iraqi Security Forces empowering them to fight the Da’esh and reclaim their country. The Wedgetail’s role is vital in maintaining communications with coalition aircraft operating within the battlespace.
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HMAS Tobruk Decommissioning31 Jul 2015HMAS Tobruk was decommissioned in Sydney on 31 July 2015 after 35 years of service to the Royal Australian Navy. Guests of honour were the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), and Lady Anna Cowen, the ship’s commissioning lady from 1981. The ship has served the nation and the region in amphibious operations, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts and has been the Navy’s hardest working ship with 26 operations being conducted in almost 35 years. Expanded duties in these areas will be undertaken by Canberra class Landing Helicopter Docks in the future.31 Jul 2015
Wheelchair rugby onboard HMAS Canberra24 Jul 2015Parliamentarians, industry heavyweights, sponsors and the disabled athletic community gathered in the hangar onboard HMAS Canberra to celebrate 25 years of national wheelchair rugby competition in Australia. The evening was in support of Fleet charity, Disability Sports Australia and Wheelchair Rugby with HMAS Canberra providing a unique venue for a demonstration game, followed by a celebrity match. Players in the GIO NSW Gladiators versus Legends game included current Paralympians while former Wallaby Nathan Sharpe, Welsh rugby international Ben Evans, sponsors and Navy personnel took to the wheelchairs for the celebrity game.24 Jul 2015
Amphibious Assault at Fog Bay13 Jul 2015Soldiers from the Australian Army’s 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), and United States Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31MEU) stormed the beaches of Fog Bay, Northern Territory on 11 July during an amphibious beach landing on Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. With the opposing force “dug in” the combined assault targeted a number of objectives within the region, supported by aviation and amphibious landing craft from Australia and the United States. A number of distinguished visitors were invited to watch the amphibious landing including the Australian Defence Force’s Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AM, RAN, and III Marine Expeditionary Force Commanding General Lieutenant General John Wissler, United States Marine Corps.13 Jul 2015
9 RQR Laying up of the Colours12 Aug 2015Brisbane’s oldest infantry unit the 9th Battalion The Royal Queensland Regiment (9 RQR) conducted a military ceremony at St Johns Cathedral in Brisbane laying to rest the units Colours. In ancient battles Colours were used as regimental standards to identify the unit in the thick of battle and as a rally point for the Regiment’s members to defend their ground. The Colours also carry a units Battle Honours and 9 RQR’s Colours carry 21 official Honours from the Boer War and the first and second world wars including the Beach Landing at Gallipoli where they were first ashore. The Laying of the Colours is an ancient tradition where a military unit's Regimental and Royal Colours are laid to rest in a consecrated church or public building. His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland accepted the Colours from the unit at the ceremony and they will now remain in state in the church until they finally deteriorate to dust.12 Aug 2015
2nd Division Centenary Parade27 Jul 2015The Australian Army's 2nd Division marked its centenary with a national parade at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Friday, 24 July 2015. More than 300 soldiers travelled across Australia to take part in the parade, which displayed the colours, guidons and banners of 2nd Division brigades and direct command units. The parade was reviewed by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia, and was attended by Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, Chief of Army, and Major General Stephen Porter, Commander of 2nd Division. 2nd Division was first raised in Egypt on 26 July 1915 and deployed to Gallipoli later that year. It went on to become the first Australian Army division to join the battle on the Western Front in 1916. Today, 2nd Division commands all the Army Reserve brigades across Australia.27 Jul 2015
Live Fire Exercise during Talisman Sabre 201520 Jul 2015Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) conducted live firing activities in Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) in Northern Territory over 15 – 18 July as part of their final phase for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 (EX TS15). The Battalion initially setup a defensive position in the area before commencing platoon level assault live fire serials through an engineer built simulated enemy defensive position. The activities have been unique as Support Company has provided Direct Fire Support Weapons (DFSW) Platoon, Mortar Platoon and Sniper capabilities to enable platoon commanders to draw upon assets that would typically only be utilised at company level attacks. 2RAR are now preparing to stage and redeploy to Townsville having successfully completed their role in the exercise.20 Jul 2015
EA-18G Growler Rollout Ceremony17 Aug 2015The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) received its first EA-18G Growler in a presentation ceremony in St Louis, United States on 29 July 2015. Former Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown (ret’d), represented the RAAF at the ceremony where prime contractor Boeing and the U.S Navy formally presented the aircraft to the RAAF. A derivative of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the EA-18G Growler is the only aircraft in production providing tactical jamming and electronic protection. The Growlers enhance Air Force’s current fleet – which already includes 24 Super Hornets – and advances ‘Plan Jericho’, the initiative to transform the Air Force into an integrated, networked force able to deliver air power in all operating environments. On current plans, all 12 aircraft will have been ferried to Australia by the end of 2017. Video courtesy of Boeing,17 Aug 2015
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