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New support website for ex-ADF members

A new website advising current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) of the free support services available to them has been launched by Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan (pictured). Mr Tehan said the Engage: Supporting Those Who Serve website would help all current and former ADF members, their families and those involved in their support by providing easily accessible information. “Engage connects users to free support and services from Government Agencies, not-for-profit service providers and charities based on a range of criteria, including their needs, geographical location and the support or services required,” Mr Tehan said. “This website aims to reduce the time and effort involved in searching for information and maximise the support that individuals can access.” He said Engage was funded as part of the 2016 Defence White Paper under Phase Three of the Support for Wounded, Injured and Ill program, a joint Defence…

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Navy minehunters’ service life extended

The Australian Government has granted First Pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s Huon Class Minehunter Coastal vessels. The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said on 14 August 2017 that the project forecast in the Defence White Paper 2016 will ensure Defence is able to provide an effective maritime mine countermeasure capability out to the 2030s.

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BAE Systems’ big frigate bid is now official

By Luke Griffiths, The Advertiser BAE Systems believes its bid to build Australia’s nine future frigates is “transformational and compelling”. The company yesterday officially submitted its plans to the Department of Defence for the $35 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. BAE is competing against Fincantieri and Navantia, with a competitive evaluation process expected to wrap up next year. Construction of the first frigate will occur in Adelaide in 2020. All nine boats will be built at Techport. The anti-submarine warfare fleet will replace the existing eight Anzac Class frigates. BAE’s bid revolves around its “Global Combat Ship Australia”, a variant of its Type 26 Global Combat Ship which is under construction for the UK’s Royal Navy. The company’s bid is being led by maritime business development director, Nigel Stewart. He said the SEA 5000 program offered BAE the chance to “collaborate across the company by sharing our expertise and…

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HMAS Canberra and HMAS Shropshire – “Never Say Die “

HMAS Canberra and HMAS Shropshire – “Never Say Die “

“We remember those young men who were lost with Canberra, whom we never knew. We remember those who like Henry Hall survived to fight another day and to serve the nation and Navy and are now gone from among us. Some of us gathered here knew these veterans well. They were our fathers, grandfathers, shipmates, mentors and our friends. They were lifelong members of the naval family and they founded the Canberra-Shropshire Association.” – from the Address at Canberra Memorial – Lake Burley Griffin. 9 August 2017, marking the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Canberra by Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods, RANR.

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