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UNSW Canberra launches Defence Research Institute

THE new UNSW Defence Research Institute will deliver world-class defence research to enhance Australia’s security. The UNSW Defence Research Institute draws on the expertise of researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Canberra, to provide Defence with solutions to real life issues. Headquartered at UNSW Canberra, the institute was launched (Feb 2018) by UNSW Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs, ahead of tonight’s celebrations at Parliament House, marking the 50th anniversary of educating Australia’s future military leaders. “World-class defence starts with world-class research,” Professor Jacobs says. “UNSW Canberra has 50-years-experience partnering with Defence and a 50-year history of excelling in research. The UNSW Defence Research Institute will combine our strengths and lead the way for the next 50 years and beyond.” Professor Jacobs says the institute’s knowledge will be shared with communities across academia, government and industry, as well as global policy makers. “UNSW excels in areas such as…

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The loss of the cruiser HMAS Sydney

In the latest episode of the Australian Naval History video and podcast series, an expert panel, which includes the ‘shipwreck hunter’ David Mearns, discuss the loss of both the World War II cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran in their fierce battle. Watch it on the Naval Studies Group website & Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6nIWzK_kJs or listen to it on iTunes, Soundcloud or any podcast app.

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Super wood made stronger than most metals

Engineers at the University of Maryland have found a way to make wood more than ten times times stronger and tougher than before, creating a natural substance that is stronger than many titanium alloys.

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54 years on, Voyager survivor tells his story

After 54 years Alan Hellier tells the story of his escape from Australia’s worst peacetime military disaster – and how he still believes the full truth is yet to come out. He was the last to escape the bow section of HMAS Voyager, which sank after being hit by HMAS Melbourne on 10 February 1964. His told as told to The Guardian Australia can be read here.

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Defence export strategy launched

Defence export strategy launched

The Federal Government released a new Defence Export Strategy on 29 January 2018. The Strategy builds upon the Government’s defence industry policy by setting out a comprehensive system to plan, guide, and measure defence export outcomes.

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RAN’s role in discovering Australia’s first submarine

RAN’s role in discovering Australia’s first submarine

THE successful quest to relocate HMAS AE1 was very much a team effort building on previous search attempts. The Royal Australian Navy teamed up with a range of search groups in this latest expedition, funded by the Commonwealth Government and the Silentworld Foundation, with assistance from the Submarine Institute of Australia, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Fugro Survey and the Papua New Guinea Government. The expedition was embarked on the survey ship Fugro Equator which is equipped with advanced search technology.

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