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Task Group Taji build Urban Training facility
19 Jun 2019
Australian and New Zealand soldiers from Task Group Taji 8, with the assistance of instructors from the Iraqi Army School of Infantry NCO II (SINCO II), have built a new Modular Urban Training Facility at the Taji Military Complex, north of Baghdad. The new training facility, given to SINCO II by the Australian government, is made of hardened plastic bricks and will last much longer than the wooden facades they are replacing. The Australian, New Zealand led Task Group Taji is part of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve, the US led Coalition building the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces. Task Group Taji supports SINCO II as it trains the Iraqi Security Forces to secure and stabilise areas of Iraq liberated from Daesh.
National Defence Reserves Support Awards
19 Jun 2019
The 2019 National Defence Reserves Support Council Employer Support Awards were held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 18 June 2019. Defence Reserves Support Council Employer Support Awards formally recognise employers who have been nominated by their Australian Defence Force Reservist employees for being particularly supportive, notably by releasing their Reservists for Defence service. Awards are presented annually at the regional, state, territory and national levels. This event recognises supportive employers who have been selected to receive national awards, following a review of state award recipients and aims to recognise employers who go above and beyond to support their Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.
Memorial service for the 34th Australian Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery
17 Jun 2019
Air Commander Australia, Officer Commanding 84 Wing and Commanding Officer 35 Squadron visit Horn and Thursday Islands in North Queensland to pay their respects to the local Torres Strait Islander community. Supported by the Royal Australian Army’s 51 Far North Queensland Regiment, Air Force Indigenous Liaison Officers and members from No 35 Squadron, the executives attended a ceremony to unveil a WWII memorial at King Point on 29 May 2019. The islands have links to WWII history as they were utilised as a forward operating bases providing anti-aircraft coverage until 1942. Horn Island was the second-most attacked location after Darwin and accommodated approximately 5000 troops over the course of the war. Still today, crews from No 35 Squadron regularly land at the airfield. The ADF is proud of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have contributed to the defence of Australia in times of peace and war.
HMAS Success returns to Fleet Base East
17 Jun 2019
Welcome home HMAS Success II which arrived at Fleet Base East one last time today after a four month deployment across South East Asia . HMAS Success will be decommissioned on 29 June , ending more than 33 years of distinguished service to Our Navy and the nation.
Warrior Games 2019
17 Jun 2019
The Australian Defence Force and Veteran’s Sport Australia (VSA) will support a combined team of 24 competitors, comprising of 12 former and 12 current serving military personnel to attend Warrior Games 2019. U.S. Special Operations Command will host the 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games from June 21-30 in Tampa Bay, Florida. Approximately 300 wounded, injured and ill serving and former serving military members will participate in the competition. The competition will bring together competitors from the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Netherlands, and the Danish Armed Forces and the United States (US). The US competitors will represent the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command. Competitors will participate in 14 sports including, archery, cycling, time-trial cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, ﬁeld, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting, and for the ﬁrst time in Warrior Games history, golf, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured and ill serving and former serving members and to expose them to adaptive sports. Sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., the inaugural Warrior Games hosted approximately 200 wounded, injured and ill members. During the following years, the Warrior Games expanded in size and scope. Australia’s involvement in the Warrior Games is part of a broader adaptive sports program in which current and former serving wounded, injured and ill military personnel participate in a variety of competitions in the United States and Canada, as well as the Invictus Games, which will be held in May 2020 in the Hague, Netherlands.
7th Brigade bringing five nations together
14 Jun 2019
The Australian Army’s 7th Brigade trained with four other nations during three concurrent exercises at Shoalwater Bay in May-June 2019. Exercises Southern Jackaroo, Carabaroo and Diamond Sprint involved members from the United States Marine Rotation Force Darwin, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines and a small contingent from the Republic of Fiji Military Force. The ability to work with our regional and coalition partners is essential for the modern military operating environment and these exercises were excellent opportunities for soldiers from all participating nations to enhance our ability to work together, learn from each other, build relationships and understand how different militaries operate.
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HMAS Success returns to Fleet Base East17 Jun 2019Welcome home HMAS Success II which arrived at Fleet Base East one last time today after a four month deployment across South East Asia . HMAS Success will be decommissioned on 29 June , ending more than 33 years of distinguished service to Our Navy and the nation.New
Four Successful Drug Interdictions by HMAS Ballarat12 Jun 2019Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days while deployed to the Middle East region. The four boardings took place over the period 2–5 June 2019, as Ballarat conducted a routine patrol in the Arabian Sea in support of the Combined Maritime Forces. The drug seizures included a large quantity of hashish and illegal narcotics weighing a combined total of 5.8 tonnes or a haul similar in size to five family-sized motor vehicles. The suspicious vessels, known as dhows, were believed to be engaging in illegal activity when HMAS Ballarat conducted the boardings under the authority of the Combined Task Force 150. The recent hauls now brings the total number of seizures by HMAS Ballarat to fourteen during her nine-month deployment to the region since October 2018. Operation MANITOU is the Australian Government's contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East. An enhanced security environment ensures Australia's safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce and a rules based global order.12 Jun 2019
HMAS Melbourne - USS Frank E Evans 50th Memorial Service11 Jun 2019HMAS Melbourne was one of 40 ships from six nations taking part in Exercise SEA SPIRIT in the South China Sea, when in the early hours of 3 Jun 1969, USS Frank E Evans was ordered to change position. USS Frank E Evans crossed Melbourne’s bow and was cut in two. The forward section of the Frank E Evans sunk, resulting in the loss of 74 American personnel. No RAN personnel were lost in the collision. Sailors of HMAS Melbourne assisted in the rescue operation, in which 199 US personnel were saved.11 Jun 2019
Exercise Pacific Vanguard 201906 Jun 2019Exercise Pacific Vanguard (PACVAN) 19 is the first of a series of on-going maritime training initiatives intended to enhance interoperability and strengthen practical cooperation between regional neighbours. PACVAN 19 involves naval assets and sailors from Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States. Royal Australian Navy participants include the ships HMAS Parramatta, HMAS Melbourne and a number of land-based sailors to support the combined training at sea. PACVAN 19 runs from 22-27 May 19 off the coast of Guam.06 Jun 2019
Task Group Taji build Urban Training facility19 Jun 2019Australian and New Zealand soldiers from Task Group Taji 8, with the assistance of instructors from the Iraqi Army School of Infantry NCO II (SINCO II), have built a new Modular Urban Training Facility at the Taji Military Complex, north of Baghdad. The new training facility, given to SINCO II by the Australian government, is made of hardened plastic bricks and will last much longer than the wooden facades they are replacing. The Australian, New Zealand led Task Group Taji is part of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve, the US led Coalition building the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces. Task Group Taji supports SINCO II as it trains the Iraqi Security Forces to secure and stabilise areas of Iraq liberated from Daesh.New
7th Brigade bringing five nations together14 Jun 2019The Australian Army’s 7th Brigade trained with four other nations during three concurrent exercises at Shoalwater Bay in May-June 2019. Exercises Southern Jackaroo, Carabaroo and Diamond Sprint involved members from the United States Marine Rotation Force Darwin, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines and a small contingent from the Republic of Fiji Military Force. The ability to work with our regional and coalition partners is essential for the modern military operating environment and these exercises were excellent opportunities for soldiers from all participating nations to enhance our ability to work together, learn from each other, build relationships and understand how different militaries operate.14 Jun 2019
Royal Military College Queen's Birthday Parade12 Jun 2019The Queen’s Birthday Parade was held to celebrate the official birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on Saturday 8 June 2019 at the Royal Military College – Duntroon. The parade was a ceremonial “Trooping of the Queen’s Colour”, conducted by the Corps of Staff Cadets (CSC) of the Royal Military College – Duntroon. In attendance, were the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd) and Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, Chief of Army. The “Trooping the Colour” ceremony dates back to the 16th Century when, each evening, the Regiment’s Colour was escorted through the ranks of troops to ensure that soldiers would be able to recognise their Colour on the battlefield.12 Jun 2019
5 RAR Presentation of Colours parade06 Jun 2019The Australian Army’s 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (5 RAR), has been presented with new Colours by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), at Darwin Cenotaph on 1 June 2019. The Colours, which were last presented in June 2008, are the symbol of the military unit and bear the battle honours granted in recognition of gallant deeds performed by its members. 5 RAR Association members were invited to participate in the parade and assisted with the uncasing of the new Colours alongside senior members of the battalion. The parade will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War’s Battle of Binh Ba (6-7 June 1969), a significant battle in the Battalion’s history and a listed battle honour of The Royal Australian Regiment. The old Colours will be laid up in St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, Darwin.06 Jun 2019
Exercise Diamond Storm11 Jun 2019Exercise Diamond Storm is one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s practical components of training for students of the Air Warfare Instructor’s Course (AWIC) coordinated by the Air Warfare Centre. AWIC19 integrates warfighting functions across a range of specialisations to develop expert air warfare instructors who will represent the next generation of tactical and integrated warfare experts across the Air Combat spectrum. Diamond Storm 2019 is being conducted from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal, in the skies over the “Top End” of the Northern Territory, from 26 April until 29 May 2019.11 Jun 2019
Gilgandra community engagement04 Jun 2019On 2 June 2019 a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules and 30 Defence personnel visited Gilgandra in Central New South Wales for an Indigenous community engagement visit as part of National Reconciliation Week 2019. Whilst Gilgandra is often used by the Air Force for tactical airlift training, the visit marked the first time the Wiradjuri nation has provided a ‘Welcome to Country’ for Defence personnel at the base. Approximately 400 people from the local Gilgandra community came to Gilgandra Airfield to tour the Hercules, have a barbeque, and speak with Defence personnel.04 Jun 2019
2OCU conducts final AWIC with classic Hornet28 May 2019As Exercise DIAMOND STORM 2019 draws to a close, No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) will fly their last Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC) mission operating the F/A-18A/B “Classic” Hornet. Developed from Fighter Combat Instructor (FCI) Course, AWIC was redeveloped in 2017 as an innovative course aimed at preparing personnel to operate fifth generation platforms in a joint, integrated combat environment. This contemporary training was launched ahead of the arrival of Air Force’s first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters in December 2018. Although this is the final AWIC for 2OCU operating the Classic Hornet, AWIC 2021 will still include the F/A-18A/B Hornets being flown by No. 75 Squadron. Having operated F/A-18A/B Hornets since 1984, 2OCU will retire the aircraft at the end of the year and begin the transition to the F-35A in early 202028 May 2019
International engagement at Bradshaw Field Training Area28 May 2019During Ex DSM19, simulated target systems have been set up at identified locations associated with the developing scenarios. The target systems in use resemble simulated missile systems, inflatable weapons systems or vehicle convoys and all represent threat systems that the participating aircrew will seek to identify or avoid in relation to their mission objectives. The simulated target systems are based at Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) and as well as being placed on the range, can be positioned in public areas. Positioning the systems on public areas adds to the realism of the scenario by having systems at differing locations during the course of the exercise representing the relocation that occurs in real events. The Royal Air Force (RAF) have brought their Skyguard radar to be used as a training target for the duration of Ex DSM19.28 May 2019