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Forces combine for live-fire mission

The ADF and the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) recently conducted a rapid insertion long-range fire mission in the Northern Territory. Exercise Loobye took place this month in the Bradshaw Field Training Area, 350km south of Darwin. More than 100 United States Marine Corps (USMC) personnel deployed in four MV22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to […]

Role of nurses in Air Force honoured

To mark the Air Force Centenary, members of the Defence Service Nurses gathered for a luncheon at Brisbane’s United Service Club this month to pay tribute to the role Air Force Nurses have played in the organisation. Defence Service Nurses, an RSL sub-branch, is a triservice association made up largely of former service nurses but […]

Viet Nam Veterans Day

Today 1535hrs 11 Platoon D Coy 6RAR has their first contact at a track crossing for the ensuing battle in the rain and mud of the Long Tan rubber. We remember the contribution of Australia and New Zealand’s finest through the gruelling years of the Viet Nam conflict. A job well done. Service really matters. […]

Isurava Memorial

One of the most desperate battles in Australian history was fought in August 1942 at Isurava in the Papua New Guinea Highlands. To commemorate the event, the Australian government commissioned the design and production of a memorial to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the event. Visitors approach the site from an upper pathway and […]

Long Tan Cross dedicated

17 August 1969: A and D Companies of 6 RAR landed by helicopter near the former battle site of Long Tan in the then Republic of VietNam and secured the area. The next morning, infantrymen and assault pioneers cleared the area around the location where 11 Platoon of D Company had conducted a last stand […]

Navy’s Hobart Class ready

The Royal Australian Navy’s most advanced warships are now ready for operational deployment, boosting Australia’s capacity to work with our strategic partners and maintain peace and prosperity in our region. Navy’s Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers have reached final operational capability after the third ship, HMAS Sydney, completed a successful test and evaluation period off the […]

Innovative space unveiled

Soldiers on Gallipoli Barracks have a new arena to come up with solutions to emerging challenges, thanks to the opening of the new Makerspace.  Lyndal Thompson, from the Australian Army Research Centre (AARC), said the Makerspace was a creative example of implementing Army in Motion and Accelerated Warfare.  “We need agile, creative thinkers because in […]

Air Force veteran a WAG

As part of 2021 Air Force centenary commemorations, veterans who turn 100 this year are being acknowledged with a presentation of a centenary commemorative memento. On July 5, Senior Australian Defence Force Officer at RAAF Base Williams Air Commodore Greg Frisina presented Geoffrey Bydder with his memento.  Mr Bydder turned 100 on May 13 and is […]

Air Force capability flying high

There were a number of firsts for Air Force during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021, from the transfer of fuel from a United States Air Force aircraft to the deployment of mobile aircraft arrestors. A United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft crew transferred fuel to a RAAF aircraft in a forward arming and refuelling point (FARP) operation […]

HMAS Parramatta switches sides

Lurking in the blue waters off the coast of Queensland, Australian frigate HMAS Parramatta and United States destroyer USS Rafael Peralta waited for their targets. The two warships transitioned from Blue Force, the good guys within the training scenario, to Red Force, the adversaries, as part of the final phase of Exercise Talisman Sabre (TS21). Their mission was to […]

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