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Obituary: RADM Andrew Robertson

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FROM: CN AUSTRALIA VALE: REAR ADMIRAL ANDREW JOHN ROBERTSON AO DSC RAN (RETD) It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing...

Steel contract signed for Hunter Class frigate program

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ASC Shipbuilding has signed a $2.6 million contract with BlueScope Steel AIS for the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Navy News reports. Under the contract announced...

Seafarers’ grim plight in the pandemic

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By Sam Bateman* Amid the many consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of seafarers around the world are now locked onboard their ships with expired...

Strategic update and Indonesia

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By Greta Nabbs-Keller* One might assume that Australia’s announcement of a significant increase in defence funding and move to a more assertive defence posture would be...

Likely USS Peary props found in Darwin Harbour

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The discovery by a local diver of two large ship propellers on the sea floor of Darwin Harbour has offered a completely new interpretation...

US Navy fires program manager for Ford carrier

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The program manager for the oft-delayed and over-budget aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford was fired earlier this month (July 2020), Navy Times reports. But...

Candid assessment of strategic challenges

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By James Goldrick* The Defence Strategic Update 2020 launched yesterday in Canberra is a notably candid assessment of the strategic challenges Australia faces and the...

The 2020 Force Structure Plan: The Maritime Aspects

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On 1 July 2020, in one of the most significant Defence policy announcements in recent years the Commonwealth Government released the 2020 Defence Strategic...

First long-range weapon since 2010

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By Malcom Davis* For the first time since the retirement of the F-111C bomber in 2010, the government looks set to restore a long-range deterrence...

Comparison with 1930s drives upgrade

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By Peter Jennings* Scott Morrison’s speech at the launch of the defence strategic update and new force structure plan was fascinating. No fewer than four times he...