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Top End maritime war games a first

HMAS Warramunga and Indian Navy warships INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt conducted high-end maritime warfare training off the coast of the Northern Territory during this month’s AUSINDEX 21.  This was the fourth iteration of the biennial maritime series between Australia and India and the first to be held in the Top End. India hosted AUSINDEX in 2019.  RAN officer of the watch […]

Patrol boats test warfighting skills

HMA Ships Childers, Launceston, Glenelg and Wollongong took the opportunity to practise the warfighting aspect of their roles in a recent exercise. Held in and around their home port of Darwin at the end of August, the exercise also built on their ability to operate in-company. The Armidale-class patrol boats conducted surface gunnery, close-quarters manoeuvring, degraded navigation, formation pilotages and anchorages […]

Air Force strengthens ties

The Royal Australian Air Force has successfully completed Exercise Red Flag Alaska 21-3, a two-week bilateral training exercise with the United States Air Force. The exercise, held from August 12 – 27, was an advanced large force employment activity aimed to optimise the integration of capabilities and deepen the relationship of coalition forces. RAAF Task […]

ADF backs up first responders

As a fire raged in a historic building in the north-western NSW town of Bourke, visiting Australian Defence Force members were able to offer immediate assistance. The ADF is on the ground as part of a whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 situation across the state. On September 1, NSW Police asked available ADF members to […]

Warfighting in the Top End

More than 2000 troops from the Australian Defence Force and Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) have completed a high-end live-fire warfighting exercise at Bradshaw Field Training Area in the Northern Territory. Commander 1st Brigade Brigadier Ash Collingburn said Exercise Koolendong confirmed the ability of United States and Australian forces to quickly respond to crises in the […]

EX strengthens ties with Singapore

The longstanding bilateral defence partnership between Singapore and Australia was again on display during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21). The cooperative activity, held on September 1, continued a long history of exercising together, which has built trust, precision and technical skill.  This year’s activity combined elements from Mine Warfare Team 16, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), […]

ANZUS Treaty marks 70 years

Today is the 70th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty. The ANZUS Treaty was signed on September 1, 1951, in the wake of World War II and was designed to protect the security of the Pacific.   Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell said ANZUS remained a powerful demonstration that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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