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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...

The future is now, Defence Minister says

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By Brendan Nicholson* Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has mapped out why Australia needs to quickly develop a much more potent defence force to deal with...