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53 women marines’ historic graduation

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Dozens of new female Marines completed the grueling final exercise required of recruits in boot camp this week, setting them up to become the...

Submarine loss: more co-operation needed

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Time tragically ran out for the crew of Indonesia’s submarine KRI Nanggala-402. When the Indonesian Navy lost contact with the boat conducting a torpedo...

Baltic’s greater strategic importance

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By Sebastian Bruns and Julian Pawlak* “The Baltic Sea has grown to a never-seen strategic significance in the past years.” This is how Vice Admiral...

Submarine loss: ‘No one can fight nature”

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With incredible candour, Indonesian navy first petty officer Setyo Wawan opened up on national television about the toll his job placed on his family. “The...

Suicides: royal commission will take too long

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The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is a welcome announcement, and one that the defence community has been seeking for a very...

How my father earned the Arctic Star

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By Hamish McDonald* It began when my brother Andrew noticed the British Ministry of Defence had belatedly recognised in 2012 that the wartime arctic convoys...

China’s actions not Australian words are the problem

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By Michael Shoebridge* There’s a greater likelihood of major conflict in the Indo-Pacific region now than at any time since the end of the Vietnam...

Indonesian sub loss: lessons for Australia

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By Denis Mole* The loss of any submarine should be a catalyst for countries with submarines to review the likely causes and responses to determine...

Little bit of panic in China’s rhetoric on Australia

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By Peter Jennings* After another tumultuous week in the Australia–China relationship, four conclusions are becoming increasingly clear. First, we are going to be on this...

LGBTI campaign pushes for apology

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Ex-Defence members traumatised from being dishonourably discharged under historic policies banning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will use the recently announced royal commission...