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First ‘made in China’ aircraft-carrier launched

First ‘made in China’ aircraft-carrier launched

The first ‘Made in China’ aircraft carrier was launched in Dalian, China’s major northern port closest to North Korea on Wednesday (26 April), as the more powerful USS Carl Vinson strike group headed towards Korean waters. Chinese state television showed the unnamed aircraft carrier, which is “conventionally powered”, festooned in red ribbons and pushed by tug boats. It is only the second aircraft carrier in China’s naval fleet.

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Nominations open for innovation awards

Nominations are open for the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards, which will be awarded at the 2017 Pacific International Maritime Exposition in October. The Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, has welcomed the awards which recognise and reward Australian companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and commercial maritime innovation. “There are so many small-to-medium enterprises that have developed world-leading products that have not only met Australia’s defence needs but achieved success internationally,” Minister Pyne said. “These awards are about celebrating, recognising and rewarding the skills and expertise that exists within Australia. Innovation is at the forefront of the Government’s principal defence industry and innovation initiatives, a key driver to generate new defence capability, he said. The Next Generation Technologies Fund will invest around $730 million over the decade in technologies that have the potential to deliver game-changing capabilities for the ‘future force after next’. The Defence Innovation Hub…

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First steel cut in Australian 30-year ship program

First steel cut in Australian 30-year ship program

The first steel plates for a new fleet of Pacific patrol boats have been laser-cut (April 2017) at a small plant in southern Perth. It will be the start of a continuous 30-year program that Australian companies and the federal government hope will help spur a major export industry.

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Philippines sends defence chief to disputed island

The Philippines sent its top military officials last week (April 2017) to an island it occupies in the disputed South China Sea to reinforce the country’s claim. Even before the military C-130 transport aircraft reached Pag-asa Island, also known as Thitu, the Chinese challenged the flight at least four times on radio as it passed through the region, the New York Times reports.

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Electronic warfare simulation to equip sailors and submariners

In a collaborative project with Australian industry, the Royal Australian Navy is extending its use of simulation in training to ensure future electronic warfare sailors are equipped with the most advanced skills to successfully fight at sea. Navy is planning to deploy a common electronic warfare sensor suite across the future fleet and is matching the training to meet upcoming demand.

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