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An APS reserve could save defence costs

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By Marcus Hellyer* Last month, I looked at Defence’s growing external workforce, in particular its 6,500 or so contractors, who provide ‘skills that would normally...

US declassifies Indo-Pacific strategy

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By Rory Medcalf* The US government has just declassified one of its most sensitive national security documents—its 2018 strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific, which was...

HMS Montrose overhauled in Oman

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Frigate HMS Montrose has become the first Royal Navy warship to be overhauled in a new port in the Middle East, the Royal Navy...

Destroyers and unmanned vessel to join exercise

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The Navy is taking steps to integrate its Zumwalt-class destroyers and its unmanned surface vessels into operational plans and will likely include both in...

Italian carrier heads to US for F-35B fit-out

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The Italian Navy (Marina Militare) flagship, the aircraft carrier ITS Cavour, is set to reach Naval Station Norfolk in mid-February to start F-35B STOVL...

US Navy’s new ship-building approach

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By David B Larter The U.S. Navy’s top officer has laid down the gauntlet: The service must deliver two new classes of surface ships on...

Covid-19 masks trouble in South China Sea

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By Carlyle A Thayer* COVID-19 impacted disputes in the South China Sea in two ways. First, there were no face-to-face meetings between ASEAN members and...

Iron Men and Tin Fish. Zoom Presentation

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Iron Men and Tin Fish. A look at submarine operations out of Fremantle 1942-45. Friday 22 January 1100 2021. Overview. In the period 1942 to 1945...

Qld Maritime Museum’s trial re-opening

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After being seriously hit by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the heritage-listed Queensland Maritime Museum will reopen to visitors this weekend in a trial...

Medal and clasp for Operation Bushfire Assist

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Many people who took part in the firefighting effort during last summer’s bushfire emergency will be awarded the National Emergency Medal with clasp, contact reports. The...