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Shipbuilding Plan ‘dropped from the sky’ says SA

By Patrick Durrant* While welcoming the release last week of the Federal Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan, SA Minister for Defence Industry Martin Hamilton-Smith has said it ‘was dropped from the sky’ and should really be considered as a ‘first draft discussion paper’.

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Xi ‘warned Philippines of war over South China Sea’

China’s president warned the Philippines that it would go to war if Manila insisted on enforcing an international arbitration decision rejecting China’s claims over disputed areas of the South China Sea, the Philippine president said in a televised speech on Friday.

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Singapore’s navy celebrates 50

Singapore’s navy celebrates 50

In total 48 guest naval ships attended the 50th anniversary of the Singapore navy all moored alongside the RSS SINGAPURA naval base, including some large units as the flagship of the Royal Thai navy the 911 CHAKRI NARUEBET, the brand-new Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter carrier DDH 183 IZUMO and the impressive Russian Slava class (Soviet designation Project 1164 Atlant) cruiser SLAVA which vessel arrived from her home base.

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Govt buys ship-building land

The Australian Government has bought the common user facility and surrounding land to substantially increase the size of the ship and submarine building facilities in South Australia.

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Ex-HMAS Sydney retires to Western Australia

Ex-HMAS Sydney retires to Western Australia

Ex-HMAS Sydney would leave Sydney Harbour today (18 May 2017) to be towed to Western Australia for recycling by Australian company Birdon Pty Ltd. “Ex-HMAS Sydney had an illustrious career during her 32 years in service with the Royal Australian Navy,” the Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, said. “The Adelaide Class Frigate was involved in operations spanning the Middle East, East Timor, Fiji and the Solomon Islands and earned a Meritorius Unit Citation during the First Gulf War in 1991. “She was built at the Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Washington, USA, and commissioned there on 29 January 1983. “The former Sydney was decommissioned from the Royal Australian Navy on 7 November 2015 to make way for the Hobart class guided missile destroyers, which will provide Australia with an improved war fighting capability.” Ex-HMAS Sydney’s journey from Sydney to the Common User Facility at Henderson, Western Australia, will take…

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Coral Sea veterans mark 75 years

Coral Sea veterans mark 75 years

RAN and USN Veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea with Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, on USS Intrepid, New York. Rear Row Left to Right: John Hancock, Roger Spooner, Derek Holyoake, Malcolm Turnbull, Andrew Robertson, Bill White Front Row Left to Right: Gordon Johnson, Norm Tame, Wendell E. Thrasher. Battle of the Coral Sea 75th anniversary retrospective By LCDR Phillip Garrett During the days and nights of 04-08 May 1942; a coalition Task Group of United States Navy and Royal Australian Navy ships battled against the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) for sea control of the Coral Sea to set conditions for the Imperial Japanese Army to seize Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Through denying the IJN control, the Allied fleet checked the advance of Japanese forces in the Pacific. This battle marked the high water in the Japanese advance through the Pacific Theatre before the…

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