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BALLARAT COMMENCES MER OPS

ARABIAN GULF: The Anzac class frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed her first patrol with Combined Maritime Forces CTF-152 in the North Arabian Gulf.

RAN NAMES SEA 1000 SUBMARINES

CANBERRA: The RAN has announced the naming of its next generation submarines before the final contractual arrangements have been settled, further undermining the financial and technical negotiations.

FIRST F-35A LIGHTNINGS ARRIVE

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The first two of an eventual 72 F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have arrived in Australia to begin the RAAF's 5th Generation conversion in earnest.

TASK GROUP TAJI VIII COMMENCES OPS

TAJI IRAQ: The eighth rotation of the Anzac Build Partner Capacity element deployed to Iraq has commenced training Iraqi Federal Security Forces under Op Okra.

ANAO JSF REPORT REVEALS UNKNOWN COSTS

CANBERRA: The Australian National Audit Office has released its Joint Strike Fighter - Introduction into Service and Sustainment report which reveals a few surprises.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER ISSUE NO 104

The Summer edition of Australian & NZ Defender magazine is now available.

AFP TARGETS COMBAT VETS

CANBERRA: The Australian Federal Police have officially opened a criminal investigation into Australian combat veterans accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.

ADF RECRUITING DISCRIMINATES AGAINST AUSTRALIANS

AUSTRALIA: The ADF's recruiting process has been completely corrupted by diversity and gender activists, deliberately discriminating against the type of Australians who made the ADF legendary.

AOR NUSHIP SUPPLY LAUNCHED

SPAIN: The first of two RAN next generation Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment tankers has been launched in Spain.

NZDF MARS-L NOW STANDARD ISSUE RIFLE

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army has recognised its new MARS-L Assault Rifle as the standard issue small arm after the roll out reached critical mass.

FOR VALOUR

BOOK REVIEW: FOR VALOUR - Australians Awarded the Victoria Cross, a compilation of all 100 Australian VC winners from the Boer War’s Captain Neville Howse in 1900 through to Commando Cam Baird in Afghanistan in 2013.

RAAF AIR DEFENCE OF APEC

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Photo feature. The RAAF delivered an integrated air defence including armed F/A-18Fs for the APEC Leaders Summit in Port Moresby PNG.

ARMY UPGRADES .338LM SNIPER RIFLES

AUSTRALIA: The Army is upgrading its 8.58 x 70mm Sniper Systems using advanced new Australian developed and manufactured ballistic techologies.

C-130J EXTERNAL FUEL TANK TRIAL

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has upgraded a C-130J Hercules with external fuel tanks ahead of a major trial to test the new configuration's effectiveness.

RAAF REAPER BUY IMMINENT

CANBERRA: The Government has confirmed the acquisition of a fleet of MQ-9 'Reaper' armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft for the RAAF.

USAF KC-135R TANKER DAMAGED IN SYDNEY

SYDNEY: A USAF KC-135R aerial refuelling tanker was damaged during a ground movement at Sydney's Kingsford Smith International Airport on Tuesday.

TGT7 FPC INTEGRATED INTO BASE DEFENCE

IRAQ: Photo feature. Task Group Taji's 6RAR led Force Protection Company is part of the Taji Military Complex's integrated security plan.

1AR ABRAMS IRON FIST

CULTANA SA: Photo feature of 1st Armoured Regiment M1A1 SA Abrams Main Battle Tanks prowling the Cultana Training Area in South Australia.

RAAF F/A-18F's FORWARD DEPLOY FOR APEC

TOWNSVILLE: RAAF F/A-18F Rhinos have forward deployed to north Qld to provide armed air defence of Port Moresby during APEC 18 Leader's Summit.

THE LOST BATTALIONS

BOOK REVIEW: Tom Gilling's sobering history of the 2nd AIF battalions thrown into Java to help save the Dutch from the Japanese and their own incompetance.

ADF IN PORT MORESBY FOR APEC

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: The ADF's Joint Task Force 658 is deploying into Port Moresby to assist the PNG led Joint Security Task Force during the APEC Leader's Meeting.

HOBART DEMONSTRATES FIRST EVER SYSTEMS FUSION WITH USN

CALIFORNIA: The new AWD HMAS Hobart has successfully demonstrated the first ever sensor shooter systems fusion between a US Navy and allied warship.

MASSIVE AUSTAL CYBER HACK

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Australian advanced warship builder Austal has suffered a massive data theft from a criminal group seeking ransom.

HMAS BRISBANE COMMENCES WORK UP

SYDNEY: The RAN's second Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Brisbane has commenced its work up towards operational employment.

JSF DIVISION HEAD STATEMENT

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF officer in charge of the F-35A JSF Division has released a statement ahead of the arrival of the type in Australia.

SASR TRAIN PNGDF FOR APEC

TOWNSVILLE: The SASR has trained PNG Defence Force elements in Counter Terrorist response tactics at Townsville ahead of the APEC meeting in Port Moresby.

NEW M-252A1 81mm MORTAR

AUSTRALIA: The Army is about to commence the introduction into service of the next generation M-252A1 81mm Mortar System.

TASK GROUP TAJI 7 MORTAR VIDEO

IRAQ: VIDEO - Task Group Taji 7 Training Team Diggers fire M120 120mm and M224 60mm mortars during training for the Iraqi Army.

KC-30A MRTT CERTIFIED TO REFUEL F-22A RAPTOR

CALIFORNIA USA: The RAAF's KC-30A MRTT tankers have been approved to refuel the USAF's top of the line F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighters.

MAYBE ONLY 8 NOT 12 NEXT GEN SUBS

AUSTRALIA: The senior RAN Future Submarine Program officer sheds light on some surprising facts after problems during the painful contractual negotiations with the French.

CV90 Mk IV INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLE

AUSTRALIA: While BAE Systems Australia has not officially tendered for Land 400 Phase 3 yet, any offering would likely be based on the CV90 Mark IV.

POSEIDON FLEET EXPANDS AND ASSUMES ASW MISSION

EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF's P-8A Poseidon MMA fleet has expanded and is about to take on the Anti Submarine Warfare mission from the AP-3C Orion.

NAVY STANDS UP MTUAS SQUADRON

NOWRA NSW: The RAN has commissioned a new Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial System Squadron to pioneer the introduction of the capability.

F-35A INTRODUCTION SCHEDULE

ARIZONA USA: EXCLUSIVE FEATURE - The RAAF's planned F-35A Lightning II introduction into service schedule with new release in flight imagery.

TIGER ARH FOCFT MOMENTUM

ARAFURA SEA: Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters have conducted a seven week First of Class Flight Trial on HMAS Canberra.

1OTH F-35A LIGHTNING II IN SERVICE

ARIZONA USA: The tenth RAAF F-35A Lightning II is flying at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona with the 61st Fighter Squadron.

MRF-D18 MARINES RETURN HOME

DARWIN: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2018 has completed its six month deployment to Australia and returned to its home bases.

BALLARAT NEXT ON MANITOU

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: HMAS Ballarat will deploy to the Middle East Region late this month under Op Manitou renewing RAN MSO in the area.

KEOGH REORG COMPLETE

AUSTRALIA: FEATURE - The Plan Keogh reorg is just about complete with three additional ASLAV Squadrons and vehicle transfers to the motorised and mechanised infantry battalions.

AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SPIES

BOOK REVIEW: John Fahey's Australia's First Spies tells a previously untold story of Australian covert intelligence operations in the World Wars.

MELBOURNE JOINS OP ARGOS

EAST CHINA SEA: HMAS Melbourne has joined North Korea sanctions evasion monitoring operations augmenting the two AP-3C Orions already tasked .

ALL F-35 FLIGHT OPS SUSPENDED

USA: Global F-35 Lightning II operations have been suspended while every aircraft is inspected to the wake of the first in flight loss of the aircraft.

RNZAF T-6C TEXAN CRASH

NEW ZEALAND: An RNZAF T-6C Texan has been extensively damaged during a training mission mechanical failure at RNZAF O'hakea.

IDF ATTACKS IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: The ADF has confirmed two indirect fire attacks on the Qargha base near Kabul after media claims of Ministerial misinformation about the attacks.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS HELICOPTER ACQUISTION

CANBERRA: Special Operations Command - Australia's requirement for a Special Operations Aviation Support light helicopter is moving forward with an offical RFI release.

ANZAC FRIGATE AMCAP UPGRADE

HENDERSON WA: The Royal Australian Navy has commenced the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade for its FFH Guided Missile Frigates.

REGIONAL FORCE SURVEILLANCE GROUP OPERATIONAL

DARWIN: All three of the Army's specialist Regional Force Surveillance Units have been formally amalgamated within the new Regional Force Surveillance Group.

FUTURE SUBMARINE PROJECT PROBLEMS

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's Future Submarine Project faces extreme issues as the French delay on technology transfer and the pump jet propulsion is now in doubt.

NZSASR CT VIDEO

NEW ZEALAND: VIDEO - An NZ Special Operations Group video of 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regt operators running Special Recovery drills at Ardmore Battle Training Facility.

HERCULES TO ABRAMS REFUEL

PORT AUGUSTA SA: The ADF has successfully used a C-130J Hercules to refuel a 1st Armoured Regiment M1A1 Abrams in an unconventional trial.

TGT7 FORCE PROTECTION COMPANY LIVE FIRE

TAJI IRAQ: Pictorial of a Task Group Taji VII Force Protection Company combined live fire event with the US Army's Bandit Troop 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Taji MC.

HMAS HOBART ON WAY TO USA

HAWAII USA: The RAN's first Air Warfare Destroyer is steaming to California to complete combat systems trials ahead of IOC declaration.

NZ EX SARI BAIR

WAIOURU NZ: The combat manoeuvre elements of the 1st New Zealand Brigade is busy conducting Exercise Sari Bair at Waiouru Military Training Area.

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING DEVELOPMENTS

ARIZONA USA: The RAAF's fleet of F-35A Lightning Joint Strike Fighters is expanding with nine aircraft flying amidst delays and flight testing suspensions.

ADF EXPANDS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIPS

PACIFIC ISLANDS: The Australia is negotiating to build a joint base in PNG and will fund a HADR base in Fiji under ambitious regional engagement policies.

.338 LWMMG MACHINE GUN

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Defence Force has been offered the next generation 8.6 x 63.3mm Light Weight Medium Machine Gun with sensational hitting power.

HAWKEI PMV-L ANAO REPORT

CANBERRA: The Australian National Audit Office has released a mixed report into the acquisition of the Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light.

TWO NEW LAND 121 HX TRUCKS ENTER SERVICE

PUCKAPUNYAL VIC: The Army School of Transport has commenced training on the HX42M and HX81 RMMV HX Series 2 High Mobility Logistics System trucks.

AWD2 BRISBANE ARRIVES AT FLEET BASE EAST

SYDNEY: Nuship Brisbane, the second of the RAN's new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers has arrived at Fleet Base East in Sydney Harbour ahead of her commissioning.

MEPHISTO

BOOK REVIEW: The superb new history book on the Qld Museum's prized Great War A7V Panzer Mephisto is one of the best recent Anzac publication.

ARMY ORDERS CARL GUSTAV M4 MRWS

SWEDEN: Swedish arms manufacturer SAAB has disclosed that the Australian Army has ordered the new 84mm Carl Gustaf M4 Multi Role Weapons System.

COMBINED NZ EEZ COMPLIANCE OPS

SOUTH PACIFIC: The RNZN and the US Coast Guard have conducted a wide ranging fisheries compliance operation in New Zealand EEZ waters.

AJAX IFV TENDER FOR LAND 400-3

AUSTRALIA: General Dynamics Land Systems - Australia is offering an evolution of the Ajax IFV for the Land 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender.

KOREAN REDBACK IFV TENDER

AUSTRALIA: The AS21 Redback IFV, a variant of the K21 KNIFV, will be offered for Land 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender by South Korea's Hanwha Defense Systems.

NZ BEGINS SAS HUNTING INQUIRY

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Government has commenced its own witch hunt of Afghanistan Special Operations veterans arising from activist allegations

THE ADF BRASS FIDDLES WHILE CHINA'S COLD WINDS BLOW OUR WAY

A&NZD Spring issue Editorial.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER ISSUE No. 103

A&NZ Defender Spring Issue now on sale through the news agents or order your copy directly from us.

TWO KF41 LYNX IFVs DELIVERED

AUSTRALIA: Two Rheinmetall KF-41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicles have been airlifted in Adelaide in the direct wake of the Land 400 Phase 3 Request for Tender

EOS R400S Mk 2 RWS FOR BOXER CRV

AUSTRALIA: The Australian made EOS R400S Mark 2 Remote Weapon Station will be fitted to the Land 400 Phase 2 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.

NEW ASSEGAI ARTY AMMO ARRIVES

BRISBANE: The first shipment of the new Rheinmetall Denel Munitions Assegai range of 155mm artillery projectiles has arrived ahead of integration trials.

RNZN ACQUIRES NEW VESSEL

NEW ZEALAND: The Royal New Zealand Navy is acquiring a new Dive and Hydrographic Support Vessel to replace its decommissioned Manawanui.

LAND 400 PHASE 3 IFV RFT

AUSTRALIA: The Government has officially released the Request for Tender for the next generation Infantry Fighting Vehicles under Project Land 400 Phase 3.

DETAILS ON ADF SHOTGUN ATTACHMENT

AUSTRALIA: Some details on the ADF funded Modular Shotgun System Attachment being developed in Australia have emerged from DefendTex.

6RAR REPLACES 3RAR IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: 6RAR Diggers deployed with Force Protection Element 10 have assumed responsibility for Australian security in Afghanistan from Charlie Coy 3RAR.

TIGER TRIALS RECOMMENCE ON AAS AMPHIBS

SYDNEY: Three 1st Aviation Regiment Tiger ARH helicopters have embarked on HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East for First of Class Flight Trials.

6RAR TAKES DOG CUP 2018

SINGLETON: 6RAR has won the 2018 Duke of Gloucester Cup in a competion marked by outstanding teams from all seven RAR battalions.

TAJI QRF ACTION

TAJI MC IRAQ: 6RAR Diggers from Task Group Taji 7 Force Protection Coy conduct Quick Reaction Force drills with their US Army partners at Taji MC near Baghdad.

RAAF SPECIAL MISSIONS AT PB18

BATCHELOR NT: The RAAF's 4 Squadron B Flight Combat Control Team demonstrated Landing Zone Recon/Landing Zone Control activities during Ex Pitch Black 2018.

PITCH BLACK SLIDE SHOW

DARWIN NT: A slideshow of the different aircraft flying with the RAAF led multinational Expeditionary Air Wing flying out of RAAF Darwin during Ex Pitch Black 2018.

AN AUSTRALIAN BAND OF BROTHERS

BOOK REVIEW: Mark Johnston's excellent history of D 'Don' Company 2nd/43rd Battalion in the North African and Pacific Campaigns of WW2.

CHINESE NAVY ALLOWED IN EX KAKADU

TOP END NT: In a bizarre reward for aggressive behavior towards the RAN, the Chinese PLA-Navy will participate in Ex Kakadu 2018 in waters off Darwin.

PB18 INFLATABLE THREAT SIMULATIONS

TOP END NT: A range of inflatable threat simulated weapons systems and targets are being employed on Exercise Pitch Black 2018.

DETAILS OF RAN COCAINE SEIZURE

CORAL SEA NSW: Details of the RAN involvement in the interception and seizure of a massive cocaine smuggling shipment have emerged.

EX PITCH BLACK UNDERWAY

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Exercise Pitch Black 2018, the largest ever in the series, is underway in the Northern Territory with up to 140 aircraft involved in the activities.

AFGHAN INSURGENTS SUFFER HEAVY CASUALTIES

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan and Coalition forces have caused catastrophic casualties on the Taliban and Islamic State in Khourisan since the ceasefire expired on June 30.

USN & USMC HELOS OPERATING OFF ADELAIDE

HAWAII: The full suite of US Navy and US Marine Corps helicopters were certified to operate off the Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Adelaide during RIMPAC 18.

RAN ACCEPTS AWD2 BRISBANE

OSBORNE SA: The Royal Australian Navy has accepted its second Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer Nuship Brisbane at a ceremony in Adelaide.

FUTURE FRIGATE SENSORS DETAILS

AUSTRALIA: The next generation Hunter class frigates will be fitted with the most advanced sensors for naval warfighting scenarios.

FUTURE FRIGATE ARMAMENT DETAILS

AUSTRALIA: The next generation Hunter class frigates will be well armed but not capable of Ballistic Missile Defence as the Minister and PM claimed.

RAAF P-8A FIRES FIRST HARPOON MISSILE

HAWAII: An RAAF P-8A Poseidon MMA has fired the first Harpoon Anti Ship Missile from the type off Hawaii during RIMPAC 18's sinking exercise of ex USS Racine.

RNZN DIVERS AT RIMPAC

CALIFORNIA: Royal New Zealand Navy Clearance Divers are conducting Mine Countermeasures activities within the California component of Exercise RIMPAC 18.

RAN FIRES RIM-162 & RIM-66 AT RIMPAC

HAWAII: Australian warships have fired live surface to air missiles at unmanned aerial targets during live fire events off Hawaii during Exercise RIMPAC 18.

BARNEY GREATREX

BOOK REVIEW: Michael Veitch's history of an Australian airmen shot down over France who finds himself in the French Resistance.

USMC AAV-7PA1s EMBARK ADELAIDE

HAWAII: The Australian Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Adelaide has embarked USMC 3rd Marine Regt AAV-7PA1 AAVs off Hawaii as part of Ex RIMPAC 18.

RIMPAC SINK EXERCISE

HAWAII: VIDEO - An RAAF P-8A Poseidon launching a Harpoon Block II assists US and Japanese units sink the former USS Racine off Hawaii.

1ST IMAGES OF SOCOMD HK416

PHILIPPINES: The first images of Australian Commandos employing the HK416 carbine have emerged from Exercise Balikatan in the Philippines.

ADF BLACK HAWK ADVISORY ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN

AUSTRALIA: Australia will double its commitment to TAAC-Air in Afghanistan with technical and pilot advisors for the growing Afghan UH-60A Black Hawk fleet.

ADF ADVISORY ROLE IN IRAQ

BRUSSELS: Australia will contribute to the new NATO led institutional reinforcement mission in Iraq according to a NATO statement issued in Brussels.

RNZAF CONFIRMS P-8A POSEIDON AQUISITION

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Government has confirmed it will acquire the P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Aircraft to replace the RNZAF's P-3K2 Orions.

RIM-162 ESSM BLOCK II TEST FIRE

CALIFORNIA USA: The RAN's upgrade is looking good after successful live fire testing of the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block II.

AUST SF FIGHT ISK IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: Australian SF Operators are actively fighting Islamic State in Khouristan with US SOF Teams in the Achin District of Nangarhar Afghanistan.

AQS-24B MINEHUNTING SYSTEM IN AUSTRALIA

JERVIS BAY: Northrop Grumman has chosen the RAN's Mine Countermeasures showcase Ex Autonomous Warrior 18 to demonstrate the upgraded AQS-24B.

EX HAMEL EXTENDED SLIDE SHOW

SHOALWATER BAY: Exercise Hamel 18 saw elements from the Australian 7th, 5th, 8th and 3rd Brigades and the Indiana National Guard battle it out at SWBTA.

7 BRIGADE ROTATES AS READY BRIGADE

BRISBANE: The 7th Brigade has rotated as Ready Brigade, with the 8/9RAR led Battle Group Ram as the Ready Battle Group for contingency deployment.

TYPE 26 WINS FUTURE FRIGATE

CANBERRA: The RAN's Future Frigate will be the cutting edge British Type 26. We profile the new platform with a full technical overview of the ship.

SIX MQ-4C TRITON UAS FOR RAAF

CANBERRA: The Government has confirmed the acquisition of six MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAS for the RAAF.

SPECIAL ELECTRONIC MISSIONS AIRCRAFT ACQUISITION

USA: The US Government has contracted for two additional G550 based Special Electronic Missions Aircraft almost certainly for Australia.

ADF FUNDS MODULAR SHOTGUN ATTACHMENT

CANBERRA: The ADF has funded the local development of a Modular Shotgun Attachment for the inservice EF-88M Modular Weapons System.

ADF TURNS ON AFGHANISTAN VETS

THE HAIG EU: The ADF is likely to prosecute Australian veterans for war crimes, and has referred the case to the foreign anti Australian International Criminal Court.

WARRAMUNGA COMPLETES EXTENDED TOUR

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Warramunga has completed her extremely successful seven and a half month tour of operations with Combined Maritime Operations.

ARMY ACQUIRES UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLES

QUEENSLAND: The Army will acquire four more Australian developed MAPS Unmanned Ground Vehicle for a 12 month user trials program of the cutting edge technology.

NEW C-130J FUSELAGE TRAINER

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has acquired a new C-130J Fuselage Trainer to allow realistic hands on cargo bay and loading training for its C-130J Loadmasters and airload personnel.

NEW COLLINS CLASS SSG SONARS

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's fleet of Collins class submarines will be upgraded with the Thales Modular Cylindrical Array sonar to maintain regional combat overmatch.

CAMPBELL'S FEMINISATION OF INFANTRY A FAILURE

AUSTRALIA: Lt General Campbell's plan to feminise infantry battalions is a expensive flop with an 85 percent failure rate and massive wastage of Army training resources.

WARRAMUNGA SEIZES 5940KG OF HASH

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Warramunga continues her sensationally successful counter narcotics operations in the Middle East grabbing another five tonne of terrorism funding drugs.

SECOND GEN BUSHMASTER PMV

AUSTRALIA: Thales new Bushmaster MR6 PMV is a digitally advanced evolution of the Bushmaster PMV in service with the Australian Army.

BOXER CRV SPIKE LRII MISSILES

CANBERRA: The Australian Army's next generation Boxer CRV will be armed with a double launcher carrying the Israeli Spike LRII precision guided missiles.

MRF-D18 OSPREYS DEPLOY TO DARWIN

DARWIN NT: The Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2018's eight MV-22B Ospreys arrived in Darwin and commenced flight operations in support of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

KIWI & UK SAS BUSHMASTER PICS

NEW ZEALAND/IRAQ: The first imagery of New Zealand Special Air Service Group Bushmaster PMVs and UK Special Forces Escapade Bushmaster PMVs in Iraq.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER MAGAZINE NO: 102

AUSTRALIA: Our Winter edition, Australian & NZ Defender No 102 is out now. Great stories and pics. Available now as an HTML flipper with a PDF download link on the contents page.

RNZAF HERC RETURNS TO MER OPS

MIDDLE EAST: An RNZAF C-130H(NZ) Hercules is operating with the RAAF Air Mobility Task Group from AMAB in the UAE in support of CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

TEMPORARY HALT TO OP OKRA KC-30A OPS

MIDDLE EAST: The RAAF Air Task Group has started a temporary pause in KC-30A MRTT Air Refuelling Ops in support of CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria.

CHINA EXCLUDED FROM RIMPAC 18

HAWAII: The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army - Navy will be excluded from the multinational naval mega exercise RIMPAC 18 in response to Chinese actions in the South China Sea.

SIXTH F-35A JOINS FLEET AT LUKE

ARIZONA USA: The RAAF's sixth F-35A Lightning II fighter has commenced flying with the International Pilot Training Centre at Luke AFB.

WARRAMUNGA'S 11TH & 12TH SEIZURES

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Warramunga has continued her successful Counter Narcotics Ops seizing another 6200kg of hashish resin in the Arabian Sea.

SHIPBUILDING ALREADY OFF RAILS

AUSTRALIA: The ANAO audit of the Govt's efforts to build 33 new warships reveals budget blowouts and high risk before a single weld is completed.

HMNZS TAUPO TO FIJI FOR EEZ OPS

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN's Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Taupo has departed for Fiji to assist in EEZ Enforcement operations of Fijian fisheries.

TIGER ARH MUNITIONS LOAD OUT

PALMERSTON NT: The 1st Avn Regt's Tiger ARH helos have been firing missiles, rockets and bombs at Ex Griffin Guns and Chong Ju.

FIRST RAN LANDINGS ON ADV SYCAMORE

NSW WATERS: The RAN Fleet Air Arm's 723 Squadron has qualified its instructors on deck landing the EC 135 T2 on ADV Sycamore.

NUSHIP SYDNEY LAUNCH

OSBORNE SA: Nuship Sydney, the third and final Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer, has been launched by the AWD Alliance in Adelaide.

ROMEOS TRAIN IN SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND: Two RAN MH-60R Romeo helicopters participated in the Anti Submarine component of Exercise Joint Warrior 2018 in western Scotland.

NEW USMC Mk 13 Mod 7 SNIPER RIFLE

PUCKAPUNYAL VIC: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin is using the new Mk 13 Mod 7 sniper rifle at AASAM's International Sniper Competition.

MANUS DAYS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MANUS ISLAND

BOOK REVIEW: An astonishing eye witness account of the abuse and mistreatment of Australian veterans contracted to secure the borders by illegal entrants and extremist agitators.

WARRAMUNGA SEIZES 11th NARCOTICS HAUL

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Warramunga has seized its 11th major narcotics haul in its record breaking Maritime Security Operations with Combined Maritime Forces.

160SOAR AT SAS BARRACKS OPENING

SWANBOURNE WA: The SASR celebrated the opening of the first phase of the Campbell Barracks' redevelopment with a rare 160SOAR appearance.

SPECIAL OPS AVIATION TO TRANSITION TO MRH-90

HOLSWORTHY: Special Operations Command aviation support will start transitioning from the Black Hawk to the non operational MRH-90 this year.

NZ SAS ACQUIRE BUSHMASTER PMV-M

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand Special Operations Forces are acquiring the Australian made Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle.

SEVENTH P-8A POSEIDON MMA DELIVERED

EDINBURGH SA: Another P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Aircraft has arrived at RAAF Edinburgh for operations with 11 Squadron.

AP-3C ORION FLEET REDUCED

EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF's maritime patrol workhouse AP-3C Orion fleet has been reduced to less than half its original nosecount by retirements.

16 AIR LAND REGT LIVE FIRE EX

WOOMERA SA: VIDEO 110 Battery 16 Air Land Regt conducted a live fire Air Defence Exercise at Woomera with live RCBS70 launches at RC target drones.

RAN & TNI-AL PATROL REVISED SEA BOUNDARY

TIMOR SEA: The RAN and its Indonesian counterpart the TNI-AL have conducted a joint patrol of the revised Australian/Indonesian sea border ratified in Bali.

P-8A POSEIDON TO JAPAN FOR NORTH KOREA OPS

CANBERRA: The RAAF will deploy an 11 Squadron P-8A Poseidon to Japan to provide surveillance support for UNSCR sanctions enforcement in the the Yellow and East China Seas.

ADF APPROVED FOR SECOND GENERATION UTAP

USA: The US Government has released a follow on approval allowing Australia to acquire revolutionary generation two UTAP aircraft.

PLAN KEOGH ORBAT MOMENTUM

AUSTRALIA: The Plan Keogh adoption of Motorised and Mechanised Infantry Battalions is gaining momentum within the MRCB Brigades.

MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE DARWIN DETAILS

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2018 is an expanding MAGTF built around an elite US Marine battalion from Camp Pendleton in California.

FIRST VISION OF SASR'S NARY SOV

AUSTRALIA: VIDEO - Imagery of the Special Air Service Regt operating the until now almost invisible Nary Special Operations Vehicle.

CHIEF OF ARMY ATTACKS DIGGERS

CANBERRA: Lt Gen Angus Campbell has launched an extraordinary attack on our Anzacs demanding they conform to his politically correct agenda.

RAN WARSHIPS CONFRONTED BY CHINA

SOUTH CHINA SEA: Three Australian warships have been confronted by the Chinese Navy during a transit through international waters in the South China Sea near Vietnam.

RAAF C-27J SPARTAN FLEET COMPLETE

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has accepted its tenth and final C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter at a ceremony held at RAAF Richmond west of Sydney.

AUSTRALIAN INTEGRATED JOINT FIRES

SA: The RAN has successfully demonstrated the AN/USG-2B Cooperative Engagement Capability on the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers.

US ARMY ACCEPTS AUSSIE BEB BOATS

USA: The US Army has accepted the first 34 of an eventual 374 Bridge Erection Boats designed and manufactured by NSW engineering firm Birdon.

F-35 SDD TEST FLIGHTS FINALLY COMPLETE

USA: The F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD) flight testing program is finally complete allowing the OT&E of the aircraft to begin in earnest.

IS RAAF COVERT UTAP-22 MAKO CUSTOMER

USA: The US Government has approved the potential acquisition of the cutting edge UTAP-22 Mako to two undisclosed countries one rumoured to be Australia.

M795 IMX 101 MUNITIONS FOR M777A2

USA: The US Government DSCA has approved an Australian Army request for supplies of M795 artillery shells for the M777A2 Lightweight Towed Howitzer.

RAAF F-35A OPS EXPAND IN USA

ARIZONA: The RAAF fleet of F-35A's flying with the USAF 61st Squadron is rapidly expanding as the RAAF prepares for the Lightning II to replace the Hornet.

NEW CURRAWONG COMMUNICATIONS ENTERS SERVICE

BRISBANE: The ADF's new Project Currawong Integrated Battlefield Telecommunications Network has entered service with SE Qld based Army and RAAF Signals units.

UNMANNED MINE COUNTERMEASURES PROGRAM

AUSTRALIA: The RAN is developing an unmanned Mine Countermeasures platform for remote Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Mine Warfare operations.

FIRST HAWKEI DRIVERS COURSE

PUCKAPUNYAL: The Army School of Transport is conducting it first Hawkei PMV-L Drivers Course ahead of the rollout of the vehicles later this year.

CIVILIAN ALPHA JETS SUPPORT ADF TRAINING

WILLIAMTOWN: Three Canadian registered civilian contractor Alpha Jet A's are flying out of Williamtown providing Adversary Air for the ADF.

B-52H BOMBERS DEPLOY TO RAAF DARWIN

DARWIN: Two US Air Force B-52H bombers are operating out of RAAF Darwin under the Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative between the US Air Force and the RAAF.

P-8A POSEIDON CAPABILITY EXPANDS

EDINBURGH: The RAAF's 11 Squadron P-8A Poseidon MMAs will soon take over the Maritime Surveillance mission from the retiring AP-3C fleet.

MALAYS TRAIN WITH 7RAR AT CULTANA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Malaysian infantry from 14 Royal Malay Regiment (14RAMD) deployed to Edinburgh to train with 7RAR during Ex Southern Tiger 18.

FOXTROT CHINOOKS COMPLETE TRIALS ON HMAS CHOULES

TOWNSVILLE: The Army's CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters have completed trials on the RAN's Bay class Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules.

1RAR TRANSITIONS TO MOTORISED INFANTRY

TOWNSVILLE: The 1st Battalion has commenced life as a Motorised Infantry battalion after taking delivery of the first of 100 Bushmasters and Hawkei PMVs.

NO DECISION YET ON DAMAGED GROWLER

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF claims it has not yet made a final decision on the fate of the EA-18G Growler aircraft damaged in a fire in the USA in late January.

AUGMENTED MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE - DARWIN

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The 2018 rotation of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin will have 15 percent more personnel and more aircraft and weapons systems in the NT.

ARMOURED CAVALRY REGT REORG

CULTANA SA: A Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment and Battle Group Jacka have conducted their first exercise as a reroled Combat Reconnaissance ASLAV Squadron.

AUSTRALIA PAYS FIVE TIMES MORE FOR BOXERS

AUSTRALIA: Army will pay five times more for its Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle than the German Army if Marise Payne's figures can be believed.

GOLD COAST GAMES COUNTER TERRORISM

GOLD COAST: Australian Army MRH-90 TTH helicopters trained with the Queensland Police Service Special Emergency Response Team's operators ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

ANZAC TRAINERS UNDER THREAT IN IRAQ

IRAQ: The Iraqi Government has recognised the Pro Iranian Hashdt al Shaabi sectarian Shia militia raising the prospect of militants gaining access to Australian and New Zealand trainers.

BOXER CRV ADVANCED CAPABILITIES

AUSTRALIA: The Armies next generation Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle delivers true 21st Century lethality, mobility and battlespace awareness.

NEXT GENERATION COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE

BRISBANE: The Government will announce that the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle will be the replacement for the combat proven ASLAV.

ADF/PNGDF COMBINED TRAINING IN PNG

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: An Australian Mentoring Team from 1RAR is working with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force at Taurama Barracks conducting combined training.

F-35A TECHNICAL PROBLEMS DELAY PROGRESS

USA: A US Government report has identified a number of issues that will delay the F-35A Lightning II achieving Full Operating Capability on schedule.

RED BARON: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN ACE

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Kilduff's biography of the German Great War Ace of Aces Manfried Friherr Richthofen with a concentration on his wartime exploits as a combat pilot.

BRIT FRIGATE IN AUST ON WAY TO SOUTH CHINA SEA

BASS STRAIT: HMS Sutherland has participated in Ex Ocean Explorer and port visits prior to conducting a passage through the South China Sea.

TE KAHA COMMENCES UPGRADE IN CANADA

CANADA: The RNZN's Anzac class guided missile frigate HMNZS Te Kaha has arrived in Canada for her major upgrade of combat systems.

ADVANCED PRECISION KILL WEAPONS SYSTEM II

AUSTRALIA: The RAN's fleet of MH-60R Romeo Strike Hawk helicopters are being armed with the laser guided Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System II.

WARRAMUNGA SIEZES 8000KG OF NARCOTICS

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Warramunga has seized another 8000 kilograms of insurgency funding narcotics during CTF-150 led operations in the Arabian Sea.

TIGER HELO CRASH DETAILS

GERMANY: The report into the crash of a German Tiger UHT helo in Mali has revealed issues with the aircraft's avionices that may impact on Australian Tiger Ops.

PHILIPPINES AUSTRALIA ARMY TO ARMY EX

PHILIPPINES: The Australian and Philippines Armies have conducted cooperative training on Mindanao under the Philippines Australia Army to Army Exercise.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER MAGAZINE NO: 101

AUSTRALIA: Our Autumn edition, Australian & NZ Defender No 100 is out now. Great stories and pics. Available now as an HTML flipper with a PDF download link on the contents page.

SIXTH RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING FLYING

TEXAS USA: The sixth RAAF F-35A Lightning II has completed its first flight in Texas USA. Story includes Pics of A35-003/004 and 005.

RAAF WEDGETAIL UPGRADE UNDERWAY

AUSTRALIA: The first phase of the capability upgrade of the RAAF's E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C fleet has been completed by Boeing Australia

DAMAGED MH-60R REPAIRED & TESTED

AUSTRALIA: The RAN has stated that MH-60R Strike Hawk helicopter damaged on HMAS Warramunga in October is repaired and inspected.

12 WARSHIPS LEAVE FOR OCEAN EXPLORER

SYDNEY: A flotilla of Australian and New Zealand warships has left Sydney to commence Exercise Ocean Explorer 2018 off the east coast of NSW.

TASK GROUP AFGHANISTAN EXPANSION

AFGHANISTAN: The Australian Task Group Afghanistan has expanded to assist the Resolute Support Mission counter the Taliban and ISK.

HMAS HOBART WEAPONS TRIALS

AUSTRALIA: VIDEO - The Royal Australian Navy's new Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart has fired its Mk 15 CIWS, Mk 45 127mm Gun and fired a MU-90 LIghtweight Torpedo during trials.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP - IRAQ

IRAQ: The Australian Special Operations Task Group - Iraq is hard at it preparing the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service to wipe Islamic State remnants.

NEW LAND 155 BRIDGING SYSTEMS ENTER SERVICE

HOLSWORTHY NSW: The Australian Army's Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability including four new bridging systems is entering service with the RAE.

SASR SPECIAL RECOVERY DEMONSTRATION

PERTH:VIDEO - A Special Air Service Regiment Special Recovery serial demonstration for the Sub Regional Defence Ministers' meeting in Perth.

CITATIONS & SACKINGS AFTER TILTROTOR CRASH

SYDNEY: Australian Clearance Divers and the crew of HMAS Melville have been awarded the USMC's Meritorious Unit Citation in the wake of the tragic MV-22B Osprey crash.

TASK GROUP TAJI TRAINS 30000th IRAQI

TAJI IRAQ: The Australian and New Zealand Task Group Taji 6 trained the 30000th Iraqi soldier under the combined Anzac Build Partner Capacity mission last week.

NEW 81mm MORTAR FOR ARMY

AUSTRALIA: The Army will commence replacing its long serving F2 81mm Mortar with a new lighter advanced 81mm mortar system later on this year.

REPORTS RAAF GROWLER CRASH

NEVADA USA: A RAAF EA-18G Growler has been damaged during a take off incident at Exercise Red Flag 18-1 at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas Nevada.

NEW PLAN KEOGH BRIGADE ORDER OF BATTLE

AUSTRALIA: The Army's three combat brigades are being tweaked under Plan Keogh with more Combat Reconnaissance and APCs to Combat Engineers as well as infantry.

RNZAF & WARRAMUNGA COMBINE FOR RECORD DRUG HAUL

MIDDLE EAST: HMAS Warramunga and the RNZAF's P-3K2 Orion have scored the largest heroin haul in Combined Maritime Forces history in the western Indian Ocean.

FUTURE ARTILLERY AMMUNITION SELECTED

CANBERRA: The Nioa supplied Rheinmetall Denel Munitions Assegai range of 155mm smart munitions will be Army's Future Artillery Ammunition.

EA-18G GROWLERS TO RED FLAG

NEVADA USA: The RAAF will deploy its new EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft to Nellis AFB near Las Vegas for Exercise Red Flag 18-1.

THE RAG TAG FLEET

BOOK REVIEW: Ian W. Shaw's history of the Australian manned US Army Small Ships Section that provided a vital logistics link in the Pacific War.

INDIA AIR FORCE WILL DEPLOY FOR PITCH BLACK

INDIA: The Indian Air Force will deploy aircraft to participate in Exercise Pitch Black held in August in the Northern Territory for the first time.

AUSTRALIA TO INCREASE DEFENCE COOPERATION WITH JAPAN

JAPAN: The Prime Minister announced a new Reciprical Access Agreement between Australia and Japan to facilitate increased Defence cooperation in the future.

AUSTRALIAN ARMY IS OFFICER HEAVY

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army's officer corps is disproportionately large and is seriously lacking authentic Close Quarter Combat experience in its highest ranks.

JOINT HELICOPTER AIRCREW TRAINING SCHOOL BEGINS

NOWRA NSW: The RAN/Army Joint Helicopter Aircrew Training School has commenced operations at the RAN's Naval Air Station HMAS Albatross near Nowra NSW.

NZSAS SUPACAT SOV ENTERS SERVICE

NEW ZEALAND: The 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Group has accepted its complete fleet of Supacat SOV-MH Special Operations Vehicles.

HAWKEI PMV-L DEPLOYED TO IRAQ

TAJI IRAQ: VIDEO - The ADF has deployed two Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle - Light MRAPs to support Task Group Taji 6 Build Partner Capacity operations in Iraq.

SIXTH RAAF POSEIDON INBOUND TO AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's sixth P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Aircraft is inbound to Australia from Boeing Defence's facilities in Washington State USA.

WARRAMUNGA BREAKS DRUG SEIZURE RECORDS

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Warramunga has broken RAN, CMF and NCIS narcotics seizure records since Dec 27 during Maritime Security Operations with Combined Maritime Forces.

DETAILS OF NEXT GEN OPV

AUSTRALIA: The RAN has released a few limited details of the specifications of the twelve next generation Offshore Patrol Vessels about to be built.

3RD & 4TH F-35A LIGHTNINGS TO BE ACCEPTED SOON

TEXAS USA: The RAAF's third and fourth F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters will be officially accepted by the RAAF from Lockheed Martin sometime this month. Pic Carl Richards

AIR WARFARE DESTROYER CAPABILITY VALIDATION TRIALS

AUSTRALIA: HMAS Hobart has commenced a complex series of sea trials that will culminate in the types Initial Operational Capability certification in December.

SECRET ARMY

BOOK REVIEW: Barry Stone's history of Dunsterforce, an elite team mounted in Model-T Fords who penetrated Iran and the Caspian during the madness of the Armenian Genicide in 1918.

MOLAN IDENTIFIES CRITICAL VULNERABILITIES

AUSTRALIA: Senator elect and former Army Major General Jim Molan has identified critical vulnerabilities in Australia's security environment.

HMAS WARRAMUNGA MASSIVE NARCOTICS SEIZURE

ARABIAN SEA: VIDEO. HMAS Warramunga has seized 7500kg of hashish and 70kgs of heroin during counter narcotics operations with CTF-150 in the Arabian Sea.

RAAF CEASES BOMBING MISSION IN IRAQ

IRAQ: The RAAF's airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have been completed and the Rhinos are returning to RAAF Amberley after 28 months of combat ops.

CHINA REBUKES RAN CHIEF

BEIJING PRC: A Chinese Admiral has dressed down the Australian Chief of Navy during formal discussions between the two navies.

18 RAAF HORNETS SOLD TO CANADA

CANBERRA: The Department of Defence has confirmed that Canada will buy 18 RAAF F/A-18HUG Hornets after they have been retired.

RESERVE AMPHIB EX OCEAN RAIDER

NEW SOUTH WALES: The NSW based 5th Brigade deployed a combat team for amphibious activities for the first time within Exercise Ocean Raider.

CHINOOKS CONDUCT DECK LANDING QUALS

CORAL SEA: Army CH-47F Chinooks have completed deck landing qualification on HMAS Adelaide in preparation for the northern cyclone season.

10TH C-27J ROLLS OF ASSEMBLY LINE

ITALY: The RAAF's tenth and final C-27J Spartan has rolled off the Leonardo assembly line in Turin and is in Texas for systems integration.

ESCAPE ARTIST

BOOK REVIEW: The incredible story of child solider Johnny Peck's activities in the Second World War as an escapee and saboteur by Peter Monteath.

IRAQ OPERATIONS UNDER ASSESSMENT

CANBERRA: The Australian Government is assessing its military contribution in the Middle East in the wake of the Iraqi Government's announcement of victory over Islamic State.

RUSSIAN BOMBERS FLYING OUT OF PAPUA

INDONESIA: Russian Air Force Tu 95MS nuclear bombers have flown into and out of Manuhua Airbase on the island of Biak in Indonesian Papua.

OFFENSIVE AIR OPS IRAQ & SYRIA

IRAQ/SYRIA: Recent Australian Air Task Group Offensive Air Operations targeting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Including bombing operations, AEW&C and refuelling.

ENHANCED AIR COOPERATION AGREEMENT

AMBERLEY: The deployment of two B-1B Lancers to RAAF Amberley capped off a successful year for the RAAF/USAF Enhanced Air Cooperation Agreement.

KILLING OFF THE ANZAC SPIRIT

EDITORIAL: Issue 100 reminiscences about the old Australia and the magnificence of the Anzac spirit that is now under attack from our Generals and Defence Minister.

S-70B SEAHAWKS & AS-350 SQUIRRELS RETIRE

NOWRA: The RAN has retired its S-70B Seahawks and AS-350 Squirrel training helicopters which have served the Navy since the mid 1980s.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 100

AUSTRALIA: We've hit the ton! Our Summer Edition of Australian & Defender is now available as a HTML5 flipper or PDF download.

SPARSE DETAILS OF NEW OPV

CANBERRA: The RAN has released a few technical details and specifications of its twelve future Offshore Patrol Vessels announced on November 24.

TGT5 TRAINS IRAQI SPECIAL FORCES

IRAQ: VIDEO - Task Group Taji 5 conduct direct and indirect fire weapons training for Iraqi Special Forces at Besmaya Range Complex in north eastern Iraq

B-1B LANCERS FLYING OUT OF AMBERLEY

AMBERLEY QLD: Two US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers are operating out of RAAF Amberley west of Ipswich Qld under the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) program.

LURSSEN OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL SELECTED

CANBERRA: An undisclosed Lurssen Defence Offshore Patrol Vessel has been selected for the convoluted Project Sea 1180 OPV requirement.

EX SOUTHERN KATIPO WRAPS UP

NEW ZEALAND: Feature on the NZ Defence Forces biannual megaex Exercise Southern Katipo 2017 which saw ten nations deploy to the South Island.

AIR WARFARE DESTROYER BRISBANE SEA TRIALS

OSBORNE SA: Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer 2 nuship Brisbane has commenced the first phase of Contractor's Sea Trials in waters off Adelaide.

TWO FUTURE REPLENISHMENT SHIPS NAMED

CANBERRA: The Department of Defence has announced the names of the two future Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ships that are under construction in Spain.

SOCOMD VIDEO DECLASSIFIED

AUSTRALIA: VIDEO - Special Operations Command - Australia has declassified an amazing almost four minute video clip covering all of its main units.

ARMY HELICOPTER SCHOOL WINDING UP

OAKEY QLD: The Army's Helicopter School at the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey in Qld is conducting its final flying training activity ahead of closing in December.

THE COMMANDO

BOOK REVIEW: The stunning biography of Australian Commando legend Cameron Baird VC MG by Ben McKelvey.

TASK GROUP TAJI JTAC COURSE

IRAQ: Task Group Taji 5 JTACs conduct the Iraqi Forward Air Control Course at Besmaya BPC Centre Range in Iraq.

1RAR TRAINING TEAM IN PHILIPPINES

PHILIPPINES: An Aussie 80 man Land Mobile Training Team is providing Build Partner Capacity training for the Armed Forces of the Philippines to fight Islamic State.

THIRD AUSTRALIAN F-35A COMPLETE

TEXAS USA: A35-003 the third Australian F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter has rolled out of Lockheed Martin's production line in Fort Worth Texas.

HMAS NEWCASTLE COMPLETES MER MISSION

MIDDLE EAST : The Australian Adelaide class Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Newcastle is returning to Australia after completing her deployment in the MER.

DARWIN & ENDEAVOUR TO DECOMMISSION

AUCKLAND/SYDNEY: The Australian frigate HMAS Darwin and the New Zealand underway oiler HMNZS Endeavour are scheduled for decommissioning in December.

OP HIGHROAD AFGHANISTAN RECENT INCIDENTS

AFGHANISTAN: Australian military personnel in Afghanistan continue their Train Advise and Assist mission as their base comes under heavy rocket fire.

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF RECAPTURE OF KOKODA

AUSTRALIA: November 2 marks the 75th anniversary of the Australian liberation of Kokoda Village on the Kokoda Track in November 1942.

AUSTRALIAN AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ

IRAQ: Australian Air Task Group Strike Element airstrikes supporting Iraqi Security Forces operations against Islamic State militants in Ramadi, Hawija and Rawah.

AUSTRALIAN TONGAN COMBAT TEAM IN NZ

NEW ZEALAND: VIDEO The combined 1RAR Tongan Combat Team contact the exercise enemy during Southern Katipo in NZ's South Island.

AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE

BOOK REVIEW: Phillip Bradley's Australian Light Horse is an excellent pictorial history of the Australian experience fighting the Turks in the Great War.

EX SOUTHERN KATIPO UNDERWAY

NEW ZEALAND: Ex Southern Katipo 2017, the NZDF's premier international exercise, is underway in the north of NZ's South Island with land, sea and air elements.

1st ARMOURED TRANSFERED TO EDINBURGH

DARWIN: The 1st Armoured Regiment ended 22 years of basing at Robertson Barracks near Darwin on October 25 and has transferred to Edinburgh SA.

ORIONS ENDING PHILIPPINE OPERATIONS

PHILIPPINES: The two RAAF AP-3C Orions deployed in the Philippines providing support in the fight against Islamic State will return to Australia.

INDONESIAN TROOPS TRAIN WITH 1BDE

DARWIN: Indonesian Army TNI-AD personnel are training in an annual exchange event with 1st Brigade at Robertson Barracks in the the Northern Territory.

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING TEAM HEADS TO PHILIPPINES

AUSTRALIA: An Australian Army Build Partner Capacity training team is inbound to the Philippines to assist Armed Forced of the Philippines fight Islamic State in East Asia.

TASK GROUP TAJI 5 BPC OPS

TAJI IRAQ: VIDEO - Anzac Task Group Taji 5 trainers conduct combined arms training with Iraqi Army force elements at Taji Military Complex north of Baghdad.

MH-60R ROMEO SEVERELY DAMAGED

AUSTRALIA: A new RAN MH-60R Romeo combat helicopter has been severely damaged aboard HMAS Warramunga in rough seas while deploying to the Middle East Region.

NZ ARMY BUYS BARRETT SNIPER SYSTEMS

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army is acquiring the Barrett 8.58mm MRAD Sniper Rifle and 12.7mm M-107A1 Anti Material Anti Personnel Weapons Systems .

2/14 LHR ACTIVATES ABRAMS SQN

BRISBANE: The 2nd 14th Light Horse Regiment has activated its Main Battle Tank Squadron after 14 M1A1 Abrams were delivered last month.

ISLAMIC STATE DEFEATED IN MARAWI

PHILIPPINES: The Armed Forces of the Philippines have liberated Marawi City from Islamic State East Asia after a five month battle which involved some ADF support elements.

ISLAMIC STATE DEFEATED IN RAQQA

SYRIA: Coalition backed Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated Islamic States self declared capital Raqqa from the psychotic islamist extremists.

IRAQ SEIZES KIRKUK FROM KURDS

IRAQ: Australian advised and trained Iraqi Federal Security Forces have seized Kirkuk from Kurdish Regional Government forces threatening the anti IS coalition.

ARMY TO RETAIN LIMITED TIGER ARH

CANBERRA: The Army has decided to retain its problematic Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and possibly invest billions more in the aircraft.

US MARINES COMPLETE NT ROTATION

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2017 has returned to California after successfully completing its Northern Territory dry season deployment.

CANADA SEEKS RAAF HUG HORNETS

CANADA: The first Canadian Government has official asked for pricing on RAAF HUG Hornets due for retirement as an interim fighter capability.

RAAF KC-30A MRTT CLEARED TO REFUEL B-52Hs

USA: RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transports are certified to refuel USAF B-52H bombers after testing at Edwards AFB in southern California.

RAAF AIR STRIKES IN MIDDLE EAST

IRAQ & SYRIA: RAAF Air Task Group Strike Element Offensive Air Operations against Islamic State remnants in Iraq and Syria between Sept 22 and Oct 5

OPERATION VANUATU ASSIST

VANUATU: The ADF has delivered emergency aid to 11500 civilians evacuated from an island under threat from a volcano which was threatening to erupt.

FIRST S100 MTUAS DELIVERY IN NOVEMBER

NOWRA: The first of the RAN's new Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System - Interim Capability will arrive at HMAS Albatross at Nowra in November.

WARRAMUNGA OFF TO MIDDLE EAST

SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN Anzac class frigate HMAS Warramunga has departed Australia for a nine month operational deployment in the Middle East Region.

LANDING CRAFT LIMIT AMPHIBIOUS OPS

CANBERRA: The ADF's Amphibious capacity to lodge combat forces over the beach is constrained by limitations on the LCM-1E Landing Craft.

RAN BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE

CANBERRA: The RAN will bring Australia's first Ballistic Missile Defence capability into service in its next generation of frigates.

ANALYSIS OF RAN TASKING

MIDDLE EAST REGION: Senior analysts are calling for the RAN to refocus its efforts to the South China Sea as regional maritime security breaks down.

MASSIVE GBU-53/B SMALL DIAMETER BOMB ORDER

USA: The US Government has approved a massive Australian order of GBU-53/B Increment II Small Diameter Bombs for the RAAF.

EC-135 TRIALS ON AVIATION TRAINING SHIP

JERVIS BAY: The RAN is conducting First of Class Flight Trials using the HATS EC-135 T2 helos on the new Multirole Aviation Training Vessel.

8/12RAA GETS NEW HX77 GUN TRACTORS

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The 8th/12th Regiment RAA has taken delivery of its first HX77 Gun Tractors which are replacing the old Mack tow vehicles.

ADF RELEASES CREDIBLE CIVILIAN CASUALTY REPORT

IRAQ: The ADF has released two Credible Civilian Casualty Reports relating to Australian involvement in Close Air Support operations during the liberation of Mosul.

AUSTRALIAN AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ

IRAQ: RAAF Air Task Group F/A-18F Rhinos have been active conducting airstrikes against Islamic State in the last Islamic State controlled pockets in Iraq.

5RAR TRAINS WITH TNI IN INDONESIA

INDONESIA: 5RAR Diggers and 1CHB medics deployed to West Java to train with the TNI-AD's 201st Mechanised Infantry Battalion under Exercise Wirra Jaya.

ADELAIDE DEPLOYS HOSPITAL INTO DILI

TIMOR LESTE: The RAN Amphibious Assault Ship delivers a containerised Level II Field Hospital into Dili. Spectacular imagery photo story.

AIR WARFARE DESTROYER HMAS HOBART COMMISSIONED

SYDNEY HARBOUR: The RAN's new Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart was commissioned into service at a ceremony on Garden Island on September 23

C-17A SUPPLIES ANTARCTIC STATIONS IN WINTER

ANTARCTICA: The RAAF's C-17As have ended the Australian Antarctic Divisions winter isolation with food and equipment deliveries by parachute.

ADF SURRENDERS TO GENDER EXTREMISTS

EDITORIAL: The ADF's commanders have completely surrendered Australia's security forces to radical gender theory extremists.

SEVENTH C-27J SPARTAN DELIVERED

RICHMOND NSW: The seventh RAAF C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter flew into RAAF Base Richmond after the long delivery flight from Texas USA.

MARINE TILTROTORS COMPLETE DEPLOYMENT

DARWIN: VIDEO - The Marine Rotational Force - Darwin Air Combat Element's MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotor detachment has left for Hawaii as Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 17 completes deployment.

NEWCASTLE ATTACHMENT TO US CARRIER GROUP

ARABIAN GULF: HMAS Newcastle has completed an attachment supporting the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group operating against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

ADELAIDE TO ALAMEIN

BOOK REVIEW: Darren Paech's excellent history of his grandfather's war with the 2nd/48th at Tobruk, Alamein and the Pacific.

SIXTH RAAF KC-30A TANKER ARRIVES

AMBERLEY QLD: The sixth RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport arrived secretly at Amberley after conversion from a Qantas airliner in Spain.

RAAF P-8A POSEIDON FLEET EXPANDS

EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF P-8A Poseidon Multi Mission Aircraft fleet has expanded to four aircraft with four more due by this time next year.

SOTG NCO CLEARED BY AFP

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Federal Police have wound up an investigation into an Australian SASR NCO's actions in Afghanistan without laying charges.

NZ GUNNERS TRAIN IN HAWAII

HAWAII: NZ Gunners from 163 Battery 16 Field Regt are training in Hawaii with the US Army 25th Infantry Division under Exercise Lightning Whaitiri.

2RAR SNIPERS COMPETE IN CANADA

CANADA: 2RAR is representing the Australian Army competing against international shooters at the Canadian International Sniper Concentration in New Brunswick.

CANADA HINTS IT WANTS RAAF HORNETS

CANADA: Canada has inspected RAAF Hornets with a view to purchase after suspending its order for 18 F/A-18E Super Hornets.

AUSTRALIAN TAA MISSION TO PHILIPPINES

PHILIPPINES: Australia will deploy training teams to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines combat Islamic State East Asia militants in Mindanao.

ARMED MALE DRONE LIKELY TO BE MQ-9B PREDATOR

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's future Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft is likely to be the MQ-9B Predator B according to pundits.

RAN INDO PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR JOINT TASK GROUP

SYDNEY: The largest Australian naval Joint Task Group for decades has departed for Exercise Indo Pacific Endeavour in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

2RAR TRANSITION TO AMPHIBIOUS PRE LANDING FORCE

AUSTRALIA: The 2RAR Amphibious Ground Combat Element will officially transition to a dedicated Amphibious Pre Landing Force in October.

US APPROVES UPGRADE FOR RAN MH-60Rs

USA: The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency has published Congressional approval for a ten year progressive upgrade of the RAN's MH-60R Multi Mission Helicopters.

FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON RAAF F-35As LIFTED

USA: Flight restrictions on the RAAF's F-35As have been lifted as Luke AFB clears its international Lightning II fighters for routine training operations.

NORTH KOREA DETONATES SUSPECTED H-BOMB

NORTH KOREA: The DPRK conducted another nuclear test detonation, this time thought to be an enhanced hydrogen nuclear device.

SF AFGHAN INQUIRY SEEKING WITNESSES TO ALLEGATIONS

CANBERRA: The head of the inquiry into allegations against SOTG Afghanistan personnel is seeking witnesses to assist in proceedings against veterans.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 99

AUSTRALIA: Our Spring edition of Australian & NZ Defender is now available as a HTML5 flipper or PDF download.

AIR TASK GROUP ARMAMENT

AL DHAFRA UAE: VIDEO - Australian Air Task Group Strike Element F/A-18F Rhinos are armed for missions against Islamic State.

AUSTRALIAN AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

IRAQ: Australian airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria within the international CJTF - Operation Inherent Resolve air campaign.

NEW ZEALAND TRIALS SINGAPOREAN JET BASING

NEW ZEALAND: Six Singaporean F-16D are flying out of RNZAF Ohakea in a trial ahead of a decision to base RSAF F-15SG Eagles long term in New Zealand.

WE ARE NOT IN SAFE HANDS

EDITORIAL: While regional stablity disintegrates and South Korea openly plans for war against North Korea the ADF's High Command is off playing with PC agendas. We are not in safe hands.

AUSTRALIA OFFERS SPECIAL FORCES TO PHILIPPINES

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Government has offered the Philippines Special Operations troops to assist its fight against Islamic State.

ISLAMIC STATE ROUTED IN IRAQ & SYRIA

IRAQ/SYRIA: Islamic State is rapidly losing ground as its fighters lose commitment in both Iraq and Syria.

AFGHANISTAN REFOCUS ANALYSIS

AUSTRALIA: A thorough analysis of the US Government's new operational focus in Afghanistan from a counter insurgency expert.

BATTLE OF MILNE BAY 75th ANNIVERSARY

AUSTRALIA: Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay where Australians defeated the Japanese for the first time on land.

FUTURE FRIGATE SHIPYARD CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

OSBORNE SA: Work at the Surface Shipbuilding Yard at Osborne South Naval Shipbuilding Precinct is underway ahead of the Future Frigate Project.

NEW US APPROACH IN AFGHANISTAN

USA: The US President has outlined a change in focus towards Counter Terrorism for US Forces operating in Afghanistan.

4TH USN 7TH FLEET COLLISION

MALACCA STRAIT: The US Navy's USS John S McCain lost ten sailors after impacting an oil tanker in the Malacca Strait near Singapore.

EXOSKELETON RESEARCH PROGRAM

VICTORIA: Digger Works is developing an experimental exoskeleton assembly designed to take the weight off a soldier's shoulders.

AUSTRALIAN AIR TASK GROUP OPS

IRAQ & SYRIA: The RAAF Air Task Group continues its mission to destroy Islamic State within the US led CJTF- Op Inherent Resolve.

RUMOURS OF SHARROUF KILLED AGAIN

SYRIA: Former Sydney based Islamic State militant Khaled Sharrouf is reported to be killed again by a Coalition airstrike.

HAWKEI PROTECTED MOBILITY VEHICLE - LIGHT

MONEGEETTA VIC: The Army's new Hawkei PMV-Light is advancing through its systems development and demonstration phase and Low Rate Initial Production.

RAAF ACCEPTS SIX PC21 ADVANCED TRAINERS

EAST SALE VIC: The RAAF has accepted six of its order of 49 new PC-21 Advanced Trainers which will replace the PC-9A and CT-4B Trainers.

POSSIBLE ADF ROLE IN KOREAN CRISIS

CANBERRA: The Government has committed ADF combat units in advent of a war with North Korea. A&NZD examines the likely options for early Australian intervention.

INDONESIA BARTERS FOOD FOR SU35 FLANKERS

INDONESIA: The Indonesian Government is negotiating a barter of agricultural produce for Russian made Su35 Flanker E fighters.

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE TRIALS WIND UP

AUSTRALIA: The Army's ASLAV replacement under Land 400 Phase 2 has entered analysis after completing the RMA trials.

MALI TIGER CRASH HAS IMPLICATIONS FOR ARH

MALI: The crash of a German Army AS665 Tiger UHT helicopter in Mali has implications for the Australian Tiger fleet.

HERON RPA RETIRED EARLY

AMBERLEY: The RAAF did not renew the lease for the Heron RPA and has withdrawn the capability earlier than originally announced.

EXERCISE MOBILITY GUARDIAN WASHINGTON USA

USA: The RAAF and RNZAF have deployed C-17A and C-130H airlifters and a KC-30A tanker to Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington USA for Ex Mobility Guardian 17.

OSPREY WRECK RECOVERY BEGINS

CORAL SEA: The RAN has commenced the recovery of the wreckage of the MV-22B Osprey which crashed off Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

IRAQ COMMENCES TAL AFAR OFFENSIVE

IRAQ: Iraqi Federal Security Forces have conducted successful offensive operations against Islamic State's final stronghold in Tal Afar.

AIR WARFARE DESTROYER BOUND FOR FLEET BASE EAST

ADELAIDE: The RAN's first Air Warfare Destroyer is heading for Fleet Base East in Sydney in the lead up to her commissioning into service.

TGT 5 IRAQI ARMY URBAN ASSAULT TRAINING

TAJI IRAQ: VIDEO - Task Group Taji V conduct Urban Operations training for the Iraqi Army's 58th Brigade.

US APPROVES RAAF ALE-70 TOWED COUNTERMEASURE ACQUISTION

USA: The US Government has approved a massive RAAF order for the AN/ALE-70 towed countermeasure system for the F-35A.

MARINES MISSING AFTER MV-22 CRASH OFF QLD

QLD WATERS: Three US Marines are still missing after an MV-22B Osprey crashed off the coast of Queensland.

RAN RNZN INCREASE WESTERN PACIFIC FOCUS

WESTERN PACIFIC: The RAN and RNZN are increasing their focus on the Western Pacific as the Post Cold War security structures break down.

TGT V ADVANCED MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING

TAJI IRAQ: VIDEO - Task Group Taji V conduct an Advanced Marksmanship Course for Iraqi troops at Taji Military Complex near Baghdad.

HMAS ADELAIDE RESUMES FLIGHT TRIALS

NEW SOUTH WALES: The RAN's Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Adelaide has resumed First of Class Flight Trials after being repaired.

RNZIR SOUTHERN KATIPO WORK UPS

NEW ZEALAND: The NZDF has commenced serious working up for Ex Southern Katipo with 2/1RNZIR conducting Ex Alpha Town in the South Island.

AMMO TECHS ARM F/A-18Fs

UAE: RAAF Armament Technicians load up 1 Squadron F/A-18Fs with GBU-54 LJDAMs and GBU-38V4 JDAMs at the ADF's Main Operating Base in the UAE to drop on Islamic State.

TS 17 31MEU BEACH ASSAULT

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - 15 minute uncut unscripted video of 31st Marine Expeditionary Units beach assault at SWBTA on July 19.

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES POSSIBLE ICBM

NORTH KOREA: The Kim Jong Un regime has launched a missile into the Sea of Japan that analysts believe may deliver the outlaw state true ICBM capability.

LOCKHEED MARTIN SAYS F-35 SDD TO COMPLETE THIS YEAR

USA: Lockheed Martin has issued a statement claiming that the F-35 Joint Strike Fight Systems Design and Development phase will be completed by December.

TALISMAN SABRE COMBINED FLEET CONCENTRATION

CORAL SEA: The combined power of the Talisman Sabre warships was demonstrated in a photographic exercise with US Navy, RAN and RNZN warships.

US SPECIAL OPERATIONS TS17 HAHO INFIL

SHOALWATER BAY: USMC Marine Recon and USAF Combat Controllers conducted a High Altitude High Opening insertion into Talisman Sabre on July 11.

TS 17 CULMINATING BATTLE VIDEO

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - The culminating battle of Talisman Sabre 17 - a Brigade Assault with three Battle Groups up.

THE KILLING SCHOOL

BOOK REVIEW: Brandon Webb's inside story of modern Coalition sniper operations and training. Reviewed by J.H. Farrell

RAAF GROWLERS ACTIVE IN TS17

AMBERLEY: RAAF 6 Squadron EA-18G Growlers have joined up with US Navy VAQ-132 Growlers to support Talisman Sabre.

TS17 2RAR AND 31MEU AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT

SHOALWATER BAY: 2RAR and the USMC's 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a massive over the beach amphibious assault at SWBTA.

RQ-7B DEMONSTRATES REMOTE TERMINAL TARGETING

MT BUNDEY NT: Australian Army 132 UAV Bty RQ-7B Shadows have terminally guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and conducted 155mm artillery corrections in Australia for the first time.

LEGALITIES OF ADF COUNTER TERRORISM REVISED

CANBERRA: The Government will expand the ADF's role in Counter Terrorism, but has stopped short of authorising the ADF to act in the national interest during attacks.

TS17 CLEARANCE DIVER BEACH RECON VIDEO

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - Talisman Sabre's combined Clearance Diving Team conducts Advance Force Beach Recon for the amphibious Joint Force Entry Operation.

TS17 1RAR AIR ASSAULT

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - 1RAR Air Mobile insertion from HMAS Canberra in 5th Aviation Regiment MRH-90 helicopters into Shoalwater Bay Training Area for Talisman Sabre.

NEXT F/A-18F RHINO UPGRADE APPROVED

USA: The US Government has approved the sale of advanced systems to further upgrade the RAAF's F/A-18F Rhino fleet.

MAJOR ABRAMS 120mm TRAINING AMMO BUY

USA: The Australian Army is restocking its Abrams training ammunition stocks with a major buy of M865 and M1001 training ammunition.

TS17 AUST/US/CANADIAN PARA DROP

KAPYONG DZ QLD: A combined Australian Special Operations, US Army and Canadian Army combat team flew all the way from Alaska to jump into Talisman Sabre.

TS17 ANZAC AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP LANDING

SHOALWATER BAY: VIDEO - Combined Australian and New Zealand Anzac Amphibious Ready Group conducts a massed over the beach amphibious emplacement at SWBTA.

US MARINE AMPHIBIOUS REHEARSALS

COWLEY BEACH QLD: The US Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group conducted rehearsal training at Cowley Beach Training Area for Ex Talisman Sabre 17 on July 8.

TALISMAN SABRE AMPHIBIOUS REHEARSALS

UPSTART BAY QLD: The Anzac Amphibious Ready Group conducted a Rehearsal of Concept Drill amphibious insertion near Ayr on July 8.

HMAS NEWCASTLE REPLACES ARUNTA IN MIDDLE EAST

MIDDLE EAST REGION: The Adelaide class frigate HMAS Newcastle has replaced HMAS Arunta on Op Manitou in the Middle East Region.

ABC ACCUSES SPECIAL FORCES OF CRIMINAL ACTIONS

AUSTRALIA: The ABC has broadcast allegations of official and unofficial criminal actions against Special Operations Command relating to operations in Afghanistan.

12 RAAF EA-18G GROWLERS AT AMBERLEY

RAAF AMBERLEY QLD: The RAAF's complete new fleet of 12 EA-18G Growlers have arrived at their permanent base at RAAF Amberley.

NEW YORKERS INBOUND FOR TALISMAN SABRE

QUEENSLAND: An Infantry Battle Group from the New York National Guard is flying Qld to participate in Talisman Sabre 17.

NORTH KOREA ICBM LAUNCH A THREAT TO AUST

AUSTRALIA: The North Korean launch of a possible Intercontinental Ballistic Missile holds extreme dangers for Australia because of old Cold War nuclear strategies.

BEERSHEBA DEAD IN YET ANOTHER REORG

AUSTRALIA: Chief of Army has instituted yet another Army Order of Battle reorganisation which will effectively end the Beersheba permanent force generation rotational cycle.

UPGRADED HAWK TRAINERS CERTIFIED IOC

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's upgraded Hawk 127 Lead In Fighter Trainers have been achieved Initial Operational Capability certification.

RAAF E-7A WEDGETAIL AEW&C TO BE UPGRADED

AUSTRALIA: The Government has announced that the RAAF's fleet of Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft will be upgraded.

3 BRIGADE NOW AUSTRALIAN READY BRIGADE

AUSTRALIA: The Lavarack Barracks Townsville based 3rd (Combat) Brigade commenced its rotation as Australian Army Ready Brigade on July 1.

RAAF EA-18G GROWLER FLEET INBOUND

AUSTRALIA: The RAAF's last eight EA-18G Growlers have left NAS Whidbey Island USA inbound for RAAF Amberley where they will join the four delivered in Feb.

TALISMAN SABRE 2017 SLIDE SHOW 1

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Imagery from the Talisman Sabre Field Training Exercise North 17 - the NT based splinter activity run concurrently with the Shoalwater Bay Training Area centric mega ex.

US NAVY VIOLATES CHINESE SOUTH CHINA SEA CLAIMS

SOUTH CHINA SEA: A US Navy warship has conducted a Freedom of Navigation Operation through the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea infuriating China.

FORCE PROTECTION ELEMENT 7 AFGHANISTAN

KABUL: VIDEO - Australian 7RAR Diggers from Force Protection Element 7 conducting security drills and operations in Kabul.

HMNZS TE KAHA JOINS CARRIER STRIKE GROUP 11

GUAM: The Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is operating with the US Navy's Carrier Strike Group 11 in the Western Pacific.

700 STRONG NZDF CONTINGENT FOR TS17

QUEENSLAND: The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed over 700 personnel, NZLAV armour, NH-90 helicopters and the MRV HMNZS Canterbury for Talisman Sabre 17.

NEXT GENERATION ADF CBRN GEAR

CANBERRA: The Government has approved the acquisition of next generation Counter Chemical Biolical Radiological and Nuclear protective equipment.

USMC MV-22B OSPREY FORMATION OVER SYDNEY

SYDNEY: The US Marine Corps conducted a formation flight of four MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotors over Sydney to signal the start of Talisman Sabre 17.

USMC F-35 LIGHTNING II TO FLY AT TS17

QUEENSLAND: The US Marine Corps will deploy its new F-35B Lightning STOVL joint strike fighters to Australia for Talisman Sabre according to US Navy commander.

US ARMY 25 COMBAT AVN BDE ARRIVES FOR TS17

QUEENSLAND: The US Army has deployed 13 AH-64 Apache. UH-60M Black Hawks and HH-60 AME Black Hawks from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade to Qld for Talisman Sabre 2017.

ADF BACKED IRAQI UNITS CAPTURE AL NURI

MOSUL IRAQ: ADF & NZDF trained and advised Iraqi Counter Terrorist Service and Iraqi Federal Police have captured al Nuri mosque site - the birthplace of Islamic State's Caliphate.

OPERATION RESOLUTE FATALITY

NORTHERN WATERS: An RAN member has died during Border Protection operations on the new Cape class Patrol Boat ADV Cape Inscription.

HMAS ADELAIDE COMMENCES SEA TRIALS AFTER REPAIRS

SYDNEY: The RAN's Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Adelaide has commenced Sea Trials to validate repairs to her propulsion system.

UP TO FIVE RAAF SPECIAL ELECTRONIC MISSION AIRCRAFT

WASHINGTON DC USA: The US Government has approved the sale of up to five AISREW Special Electronic Mission Aircraft to the RAAF.

SIXTH C-27J SPARTAN DELIVERED TO RAAF

RAAF RICHMOND NSW: The sixth C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter has been delivered to 35 Squadron at RAAF Richmond NSW.

FORCES GATHER FOR TALISMAN SABRE 2017

QLD & NT: Contingents from Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Japan are concentrating at Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Mt Bundey Training Area for Ex Talisman Sabre 2017.

INDIA RAMPS UP NAVAL ENGAGEMENT WITH RAN

WA EXERCISE AREA: The Indian Navy deployed two modern low signature warships to Western Australia to build operational interoperability with the Royal Australian Navy.

RAAF ORIONS TO SUPPORT PHILIPPINE OFFENSIVE

PHILIPPINES: Two RAAF AP-3C Orions will be deployed to the Philippines to support the offensive operations against the Islamist Maute Group on Mindanao.

THE UNSEEN ANZAC

BOOK REVIEW: Jeff Maynards biography of SirGeorge Hubert Wilkens - the man who took Australia's epic World War 1 photos. Reviewed by J.H. Farrell

ADF AIRCRAFT SUPPORT PNG ELECTIONS

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: RAAF and Army transport aircraft and helicopters are operating in PNG under Operation Hannah in support of the PNG National Election 2017.

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNINGS GROUNDED IN USA

ARIZONA USA: Both RAAF F-35A Lightning IIs have been grounded with the rest of the international F-35A fleet at Luke AFB USA.

RAAF P-8A POSEIDON COMPLETES OP GATEWAY FLIGHTS

MALAYSIA: An RAAF P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol & Response Aircraft has successfully completed Operation Gateway surveillance operations.

USAF JOINT THREAT EMITTER RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The USAF has redeployed its Joint Threat Emitter system to enrich the RAAF's Exercise Diamond Storm in the NT.

HMAS BALLARAT IN JAPANESE LED SOUTH CHINA SEA PASSAGE EXERCISE

SOUTH CHINA SEA: The Australian Anzac class Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Ballarat has participated in a Japanese led naval Passage Exercise with the US and Canada.

5RAR LEADS US ARMY, US MARINES & JAPANESE INFANTRY IN NT TRAINING

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Australian Army has successfully completed high level combat training with the Japanese JGSDF, US Army and USMC in the NT.

ADF ACQUIRED THE WASP AE SMALL UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM

CANBERRA: The ADF has selected the Wasp AE Small Unmanned Aerial System to provide its small unit tactical ISR reconnaissance requirement.

THE DANGEROUS FEMINISATION OF THE ADF

AUSTRALIA: The terrifying truth is that diversity not National Security is now the highest priority of the Australian Defence Force.....

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 98

AUSTRALIA: Our Winter edition of Australian & NZ Defender is now available as a HTML5 flipper or PDF download.

NO DETAILS OF ADF AFGHAN EXPANSION

CANBERRA: The Government hasn't yet released any details of its force expansion in Afghanistan beyond the troop number increase announced on Monday.

AUSTRALIAN ARMY SKILL AT ARMS MEETING

PUCKAPUNYAL: VIDEO - Teams from 17 nations are competing at the Australian Army Skill At Arms Meeting at Puckapunyal Victoria.

FRENCH NAVY AMPHIBIOUS GROUP TRAINS WITH RAN

Darwin: The French Marine National Jeanne d'Arc Amphibious Task Group centred on the LHD FS Mistral is training with the RAN off Darwin.

NEW LAWS TO ENHANCE ADF TERRORISM RESPONSE

AUSTRALIA: The Government is drawing up new laws to enable the ADF to respond to terrorist incidents on Australian soil without relying on the States.

SUPER HORNETS RETURN TO IRAQ & SYRIA

MIDDLE EAST REGION: RAAF 1 Squadron F/A-18F Super Hornets have replaced 77 Squadron F/A-18HUG Hornets in the Australian bombing campaign against Islamic State.

JAPANESE JGSDF & US ARMY IN NT

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Japanese Ground Self Defence Force and US Army have deployed to the NT to train with 5RAR and Marine MRF-Darwin in Ex Southern Jackaroo.

FIRST HX77 FLATRACK RESUPPLY

SHOALWATER BAY: 1CSSB has conducted the Army's first FX77 Series II High Mobility Truck 'flatrack' resupply with 2CER at Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

AN/ALQ-249 NEXT GENERATION JAMMER DEVELOPMENTS

USA: The AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer which will be used to upgrade the RAAF's new EA-18G Growlers is moving ahead.

RAN TESTING LHD DRIVE FIX

SYDNEY: The RAN is conducting at sea testing of an interim fix to the Canberra class Amphibious Assault Ship's drive problems.

HMAS SYDNEY OFF TO SCRAPPING

SYDNEY: Decommissioned FFG7 HMAS Sydney was towed out of Sydney Harbour on May 18 bound for scrapping in Western Australia.

RNZAF C-130H OPERATING IN MIDDLE EAST

MIDDLE EAST REGION: An RNZAF 40 Squadron C-130H Hercules is operating with the Australian Air Movements Task Group in the Middle East Region.

USAF & RAAF WORK TOWARDS RICIPRICAL C-17A MAINTENANCE

RAAF AMBERLEY: RAAF and USAF C-17A maintenance personnel trained together during Ex Pacific Agility to improve interoperability.

THE CRUISER HMAS AUSTRALIA II AND THE PACIFIC WAR ON JAPAN

BOOK REVIEW: Mike Carlton's informative history of HMAS Australia II in the Pacific War. Reviewed by J.H. Farrell

ARUNTA HEROIN SEIZURE VIDEO

EAST AFRICA: Video of HMAS Arunta's massive 250kg heroin sizure in the Indian Ocean off East Africa on May 10.

HMAS ARUNTA SIEZES HEROIN OFF AFRICA

EAST AFRICA SEAS: HMAS Arunta's Boarding Parties have seized 250kg of heroin during CMF operations in the Indian Ocean on May 10.

SOLDIER KILLED DURING TRAINING IN NT

MT BUNDEY NT: An Australian soldier has died of wounds sustained during a training activity at Mt Bundey south west of Darwin.

US ARMY TO REPLACE 5.56NATO CARTRIDGE

USA: The US Army is conducting research into a new intermediate cartridge to replace the inservice 5.56 x 45mm (5.56 NATO) round in the next gen service rifle.

PHILIPPINES DOWNGRADES EXERCISE WITH US/ADF

PHILIPPINES: The Philippines has downgraded Exercise Balikatan 2017 with Australia and the USA under orders from pro China President Duterte.

AUSTRALIANS AT THE ANAOA IN AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: The Australian contingent at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy has facilitated a field evaluation exercise for senior Officer Cadets.

NZ ROLLS OUT MARS-L ASSAULT RIFLE

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army has commenced issuing the new 5.56mm Modular Assault Rifle System - Light as its standard issue Individual Weapon.

SOLDIER DIES AT SWBTA DURING TRAINING

SHOALWATER BAY: An Australian soldier was killed accidentally during a field exercise at Shoal Water Bay Training Area in central Qld.

USMC MV-22 OSPREYS ARRIVE IN DARWIN

DARWIN: VIDEO - Marine Rotational Force Darwin's four MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotors have arrived in Dawrwin.

US MARINES RETURN TO HELMAND AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: A US Marine Corps Task Force has redeployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan three years after British Army and USMC forces withdrew.

RAAF ORDERS HARM & AARGM MISSILES FOR GROWLER

USA: The US DSCA has announced approval of a major Australian acquistion of AGM-88B High Speed Anti Radiation Missile (HARM) and the latest AGM-88E Advanced Anti Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).

NEW ZEALAND REQUESTS P-8A POSEIDON

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Government has requested four new P-8A Poseidon MPRAs to replace the RNZAF's aging P-3K2 fleet.

RAN SCHIEBEL S100 MTUAS CRASH

JERVIS BAY: One of the RAN's two new Schiebel S100 VTOL Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems has crashed at Beecroft Air Weapons Range during contractor controlled training.

RNZAF NH-90 HELOS LIMITED FLIGHT OPS

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZAF's fleet of NH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters remain on limited flight operations after an inflight engine failure on April 16.

AUGMENTED MARINE ROTATIONAL FORCE DARWIN DEPLOYED

DARWIN NT: Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2017 has deployed with its AH-1W Super Cobras, UH-1Y Venoms and MV-22B Osprey Tiltrotors.

NEW RAN CAPE CLASS PATROL BOAT

HENDERSON WA: The first of two new Cape Class Patrol Boats ADV Cape Fourcroy has been delivered to Navy.

BALLARAT'S SOUTH EAST ASIA DEPLOYMENT

SOUTHEAST ASIA: HMAS BALLARAT is waving the Australian flag in a our month South East Asia Deployment conducting activities with the Chinese and Canadian Navys as well as regional powers.

SECOND CHINESE AIRCRAFT CARRIER

DALIAN CHINA: The Chinese Navy is close to launching its first locally made Aircraft Carrier which will bring its Navy to two Flat Tops.

M-777A2 ARTILLERY C-17A COMPATIBILITY TRIALS

RAAF AMBERLEY QLD: The Army and RAAF have conducted compatibility certification for the airlift of the M-777A2 LTH and the C-17A Globemaster III.

INFANTRY GETS ITS BUSHMASTERS BACK

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Bravo Company 5RAR has taken delivery of Bushmaster PMV-Ms from 1CSSB after Army decided to equip one of each Combat Brigade's two infantry battalions with Bushmasters again.

NEW RAN AVIATION TRAINING SHIP SEA TRIALS

VIETNAM: The RAN's new Multi Role Aviation Training Vessel has successfully completed Sea Trials and will be delivered to Sydney in May.

US MARINES TRAIN WITH PNGDF

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: The USMC 1/4 Marines are training with the PNGDF's 1st Battalion Royal Pacific Islands Regiment under the USA PNG Theatre Security Cooperation Agreement.

SECOND P-8A POSEIDON MPRA IN SERVICE

RAAF EDINBURGH: The RAAF's 11 Squadron is now operating two P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol & Response Aircraft after A47-002 was delivered.

AUST SF RESPOND TO MOSUL CHEMICAL ATTACK

MOSUL IRAQ: Australian Commandos from the Special Operations Task Group - Iraq responded to the chemical attack on 1st Iraqi Special Operations Forces Bde troops in Mosul.

ADFA TEAM COMPETES AT WEST POINT ACADEMY

NEW YORK USA: A Team of ADFA Officer Cadets has competed in the US Military Academy West Point's prestigious Sandhurst military skills competition at West Point.

ARUNTA EXTERNAL MAINTENANCE IN BAHRAIN

BAHRAIN: HMAS Arunta's External Maintenance Period in Bahrain has been a success with a fly in team readying the frigate for more MER Operations.

RAAF GROWLERS STILL IN AUSTRALIA

RAAF AMBERLEY: The four new Aussie EA-18G Growlers deployed for Avalon Airshow remain at RAAF Amberley in SE QLD.

RNZN NAMES NEW TANKER HMNZS AOTEAROA

NEW ZEALAND: The RNZN has announced that its next generation Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment will be commissioned as HMNZS Aotearoa.

3RAR LED TASK GROUP TAJI 5 READYING FOR IRAQ

TOWNSVILLE: Task Group Taji 5, led by 3RAR with a strong New Zealand Army component, is in the final phase of pre deployment training in Townsville.

AUSSIES NOW COMBAT ADVISORS IN IRAQ

TAJI IRAQ: The Australian Task Group Taji 4 is conducting Advise and Assist ops with the Iraqi North Baghdad Operational Command based at Taji Military Complex.

ADF TO ACQUIRE NASAMS 2 AIR DEFENCE

CANBERRA: The ADF will acquire an Australianised National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System II (NASAMS 2) as its next gen Ground Based Air Defence.

OPERATION QUEENSLAND ASSIST PHOTO FEATURE

QUEENSLAND: The ADF's Operation Queensland Assist 17 emergency response to the Cyclone Debbie disaster in the Whitsundays and Central Qld is winding down.

US STRIKE GROUP CANCELS AUSSIE VISIT

WESTERN PACIFIC: The US Navy's Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group has cancelled its scheduled Aussie port visits to respond to North Korea missile launches and threats.

RAN SHIPS COMPLETE OP QLD ASSIST 17

CORAL SEA: The RAN ships HMAS Choules and HMAS Melville have returned to scheduled duties after completing their role in the Emergency Response to Cyclone Debbie.

US NAVY DESTROYS SYRIAN AIRBASE

SYRIA: The US Navy has launched a 60 BGM-109 missile strike on a Syrian Air Force Base in response to the Syrian Government's use of chemical weapons.

AUSTRALIA EXPANDS JOINT STRIKE MISSILE FUNDING

ADELAIDE: The Australian Goverment is expanding its investment in the Joint Strike Missile which employs the BAE Systems Australia Passive Radio Frequency Sensor.

F/A-18 HYPOXIA NO 1 SAFETY ISSUE - US NAVY

USA: The US Navy has reported to a congressional committee that F/A-18 oxygen supply issues are the number one safety risk to its personnel.

ARMY EMERGENCY RESPONSE NEW TFFF VEHICLE

COMBAT BRIGADES: The Army's three Combat Engineer Regiments have been issued new Oshkosh TFFF tactical Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicles.

AUSTRALIANS IN AL ANBAR IRAQ

AL TAQADDUM IRAQ: An Australian Training Team is conducting a Build Partner Capacity activity at Camp Manion near Falujah in Al Anbar Province Iraq.

CAS LINE UP OVER MOSUL

MOSUL IRAQ: Slideshow of the Coalition Offensive Air campaign in support of the Iraqi ground offensive to expel Islamic State from the ancient city.

REPAIRED C-27J SPARTAN AIRLIFTER AT RICHMOND

RAAF RICHMOND NSW: The C-27J Spartan damaged in a rough landing in Texas in May 2016 has been repaired and delivered to Australia.

OP QUEENSLAND ASSIST 17

WHITSUNDAYS: The ADF has launched Operation Queensland Assist 17 to provide Disaster Relief for the victims of Cyclone Debbie in north Queensland.

CHOULES SAILS FOR QLD CYCLONE ZONE

SYDNEY: HMAS Choules sailed for the Whitsundays on March 27 as Cyclone Pam threaten to cross the coast between Bowen and Shute Harbour.

BOTH CANBERRA AAS DOCKED WITH PROBLEMS

SYDNEY: Both of the RAN's Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ships are docked after a fault in their Azimuth Pod propulsion system was detected.

US F/A-18E SUPERS JOIN ADF JTAC COUSE

TOWNSVILLE: No 58 Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course is employing US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets to deliver ordnance for its JTAC students.

HATS H135 HELO CONVERSION FLIGHT BEGIN

NOWRA NSW: The Boeing Defence Australia provided Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) has commenced conversion of its instructors on the new H135 Training Helicopter at HMAS Albatross.

AUSSIE SPEC OPS IN AFRICA VIDEO

NIGER: US Special Operations Command Africa video featuring Australian Special Forces armed with AK-47s conducting Mounted Operations training with Forces Armees Nigeriennes (FAN) troops.

FIJIAN BUSHMASTERS FLOWN TO BEIRUT

LEBANON: Three of ten Bushmaster PMVs acquired from Australia by Fiji have been flown to Beirut by C-17A for Fiji UN Peace Keepers.

TIGER ARH AT SEA FLIGHT TRIALS

CORAL SEA: The RAN is conducting First of Class Flight Trials with the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter from the Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Canberra..

SPACE SURVEILLANCE RADAR OPERATIONAL

EXMOUTH WA: The joint Australian/US C Band Space Surveillance Radar in Western Australia has achieved Full Operational Capability.

ARMOURED ENGINEER ASSAULT ACQUISITION

CANBERRA: The Australian Army will acquire heaviliy armoured Assault Breacher Vehicles, Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridges and Armoured Combat Mobility Vehicles.

ARMY SEEKS 90 UPGRADED ABRAMS

CANBERRA: The Australian Army is seeking a fleet of 90 upgraded Abrams Main Battle Tanks to effectively equip its three Armoured Cavalry Regiments.

KIWI ANZAC FRIGATE UPGRADE BEGINS

DEVONPORT NZ: The RNZN Anzac Frigate Combat Systems Upgrade is gaining momentum with training simulators operational and Te Kaha soon bound for Canada.

LOCKHEED MARTIN DECLARES AWD AEGIS READY

Osborne SA: Lockheed Martin has announced that the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer AEGIS Combat System is ready for service after acceptance trials.

AUSSIE SPECIAL FORCES IN AFRICA

REP OF NIGER: Australian Special Operations Command personnel are assisting Niger's Army fight Islamists in West Africa under the US SOF Africa's Ex Flintlock 2017.

USAF AGGRESSOR F-16Cs FLYING AT WILLIAMTOWN

WILLIAMTOWN NSW: The USAF Pacific Air Force's elite 18th Aggressor Squadron is flying out of RAAF Williamtown supporting the RAAF Fighter Combat Instructor course.

USAF F-22A RAPTOR NT AERIAL REFUEL

TINDAL NT: Brilliant pictorial of USAF 90th Fighter Squadron F-22A Raptors refueling from a USAF KC-135 over the wilds of the Australian Northern Territory. Pic DVIDS

FIJI SIGNS BUSHMASTER ACQUISITION CONTRACT

ENOGGERA QLD: The Republic of Fiji Military Forces has officially contracted for ten ex Australian Army Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles to use on UN Ops.

ANZAC ASMD UPGRADE COMPLETE

HENDERSON WA: The RAN Anzac Frigate Anti Ship Missile Defence Upgrade Project is complete with HMAS Stuart returning to the water for trials.

US MARINES & RANGERS ENTER SYRIA

NORTHERN SYRIA: US Marine Corps force elements with artillery have deployed into north eastern Syria to support the US Special Operations Forces mission with the Kurds. Pic DVIDS

EX OCEAN EXPLORER 17 JOINT TASK GROUP

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The RAN was joined by the RNZN, US Navy, Italian Marina Militare and Espania Armada for Ex Ocean Explorer 2017. Pic RAN.

AUSTRALIAN & NZ DEFENDER NO 97

AUSTRALIA: Our Autumn edition - Australian & NZ Defender magazine No 97 is available for electronic viewing right now.

F-35A A35-001 WALKAROUND AT RAAF AMBERLEY

RAAF AMBERLEY: The RAAF put on a limited viewing of F-35A Lightning II A35-001 at RAAF Amberley for RAAF personnel, contractors and defence media.

AWD HOBART COMPLETES SEA ACCEPTANCE TRIALS

ADELAIDE: Nuship Hobart, the first RAN Air Warfare Destroyer, successfully completed Sea Acceptance Trials on March 6.

ARMY IS ASSESSING AH-64E GUARDIAN APACHE

CANBERRA: The Australian Army will replace its inservice Tiger ARH gunships and is assessing the AH-64E Guardian helicopter.

KC-30A MRTT AUTOMATIC AERIAL REFUELLING

SPAIN: The RAAF and Airbus Military are to jointly develop Automatic Aerial Refuelling capability for the KC-30A MRTT.

ARUNTA SEIZES 800kg OF HASH IN ARABIAN SEA

ARABIAN SEA: HMAS Arunta conducted a successful Vessel Boarding Search & Seizure operation which resulted in 800kg of Hashish. Pic ADF.

AUSTRALIAN ANA OFFICER ACADEMY OPS KABUL

AFGHANISTAN: Australian Operations reinforcing the training of the Afghan National Army's next generations of officers at the ANA Officer Academy continue. Pic ADF.

RAAF EA-18G GROWLERS MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT

AVALON VIC: The RAAF's new EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft where publically revealed in Australia on March 1.

RAAF F-35A LIGHTNING IIs IN AUSTRALIA

AMBERLEY QLD: The RAAF's two F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft arrived in Australia at RAAF Amberley yesterday prior to their pubic debut at the Avalon Air Show.

SPANISH AWD COMMENCES OPERATIONS WITH RAN

FREMANTLE WA: The Spanish Armada's ESPS Christobal Colon has commenced its four month detachment with the Royal Australian Navy.

INDONESIA RESTORES MILITARY COOPERATION

SYDNEY: Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the full restoration of military cooperation with Australia during his official visit on February 26.

FOUR EA-18G GROWLERS ARRIVE AT AMBERLEY

AMBERLEY: Four 6 Squadron RAAF EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Aircraft have arrived at RAAF Base Amberley ahead of their debut at Avalon.

AUSSIE SOTG-IRAQ OPERATING NEAR MOSUL

MOSUL IRAQ: The ADF has confirmed that the Australian Special Operations Task Group - Iraq is forward deployed near Mosul supporting the Iraqi 1st Special Operations Forces Bde. Pic ADF.

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE CONVERSION

PUCKAPUNYAL: The Army has commenced Crew Conversion Training on the Land 400 Phase 2 Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability vehicles.

PREPARING JDAMS TO DROP ON ISIS

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: RAAF and USAF Armament Technicians prepare GBU-54 LJDAM Precision Guided Munitions for use against Islamic State. Pic ADF.

US EOD MOBILE UNIT 5 & CDT4 TRAIN IN WA

COCKBURN SOUND: RAN CDT4 Clearance Divers and US Navy EOD Mobile Unit 5 Divers conducted a Very Shallow Water Subject Matter Expert Exchange in early Feb.

TIGER ARH TRIALS ON HMAS CANBERRA

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The Army's 1st Aviation Regiment is preparing for Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter First of Class Flight Trials on HMAS Canberra.

ADF KOWTOWING IS DAMAGING OUR REPUTATION

INDONESIA: The decision to send the Chief of Army to Jakarta to deliver a humiliating public apology has caused the ADF to loose face in Indonesia and severly damaged the ADF's standing in Asia.....

RAN ORDERS S100 VERTICAL TAKE OFF UAS

CANBERRA: The RAN has ordered two Schiebel S100 Vertical Take Off Unmanned Aerial Systems to begin interim VTOL TUAS operations.

FREMM FRIGATE ITS CARABINIERE IN AUSTRALIA

JERVIS BAY NSW: The Italian Maritime Militare FREMM frigate ITS Carabiniere is visiting Australia to familiarise the RAN with the warship's capabilities.

FIJI ORDERS 10 BUSHMASTER PMV-M

FIJI: Fiji has ordered ten ex Australian Army Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles - Medium for use by its Peace Keepers in the Golan Heights.

FIRST F-22A RAPTORS ARRIVE AT RAAF TINDAL

RAAF TINDAL NT: A Squadron of USAF F-22A Raptor Air Dominance Fighters have arrived at RAAF Tindal in the Northern Territory for the first rotational EAC deployment.

US COAST GUARD VBSS TRAINING IN BAHRAIN

BAHRAIN: RAN Boarding Parties undergo advanced Vessel Boarding Search & Seizure training at the US Coast Guard's Ship in a Box training facility in Bahrain.

RAAF COMBAT CONTROLLERS LANDING ZONE RECON

NEVADA USA: RAAF Combat Controllers conduct an Advance Force Landing Zone Reconnaissance airfield survey during Red Flag 17-1.

EA-18G GROWLER CONVERSION UNDERWAY IN USA

USA: 6 Squadron RAAF has commenced flying Australian EA-18G Growlers during operational conversion at NAS Whidbey Island in Washington State.

NAVY & TAG CONDUCT SPECIAL OP OFF TASMANIA

INDIAN OCEAN: A Tactical Assault Group operation from HMAS Adelaide has resulted in a massive seizure of cocaine in the Indian Ocean between South Australia and Tasmania.

MULTI ROLE AVIATION TRAINING SHIP ARRIVES IN MAY

VIETNAM: The ADF's new Multi Role Aviation Training Ship (MRATV) is undergoing sea trials in Vietnam with its delivery to Australia scheduled for May.

DARWIN MARINES WILL DEPLOY MORE AIRCRAFT

DARWIN NT: The Marine Rotational Force - Darwin 2017 will deploy a Medium Tiltrotor Squadron of four MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors augmented with five AH-1W Super Cobras and four UH-1Y Venom helicopters.

AWD DESTROYER LAUNCH & CAT 5 SEA TRIALS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Air Warfare Destroyer 1 Nuship Adelaide has commenced Category 5 Sea Trials after the second Air Warfare Destroyer Brisbane was launched in December.

FIRST OF TWO NEW INDONESIAN MULTI ROLE FRIGATES

INDONESIA: The TNI-AL has accepted the first of two locally built Martadinata-class (modified Damen Schelde Sigma 105 PKR) low observable multi role frigates.

PUTTING PORK IN PYNE'S SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BARREL

AUSTRALIA: The perception that the Defence acquisition budget will be used by the Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne to support job making activities in his own electoral region is distorting Australia's National Security programs.....

RAAF UPGRADES C-130J HERCULES WITH LAIRCM DEFENCE SYSTEM

UAE: The RAAF has installed the AN/AAQ-24 (V) LAIRCM Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures on its C-130J Hercules fleet in the Middle East.

R400 REMOTE WEAPONS SYSTEMS UPGRADED

AUSTRALIA: A second tranche of EOS R400 Remote Weapons Systems will be upgraded to R400S stabilised and shoot on the move capable systems.

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLES COMMENCE TRIALS

AUSTRALIA: The AMV-35 and Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles have commenced competitive Risk Reduction Activity testing in Australia and Europe.

VALIANT FOR TRUTH

BOOK REVIEW: Niel McDonalds's Valiant For Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot War Correspondent. Reviewed by J.H. Farrell

INDONESIA SUSPENDS/REINSTATES MILITARY COOPERATION

INDONESIA: The Indonesian Chief of the Combined Staff unilaterally suspended TNI Military Cooperation with Australiabefore being over ruled by the Indonesian Defence Minister 36 hours later.

RAAF F-35A DROPS FIRST GBU AFTER SOFTWARE UPDATE

ARIZONA USA: The RAAF has commenced live ordnance delivery of a GBU-10 Paveway II with its F-35A Lightning II after a software upgrade to Block 3i.

NORTH WEST SHELF RESOURCE AREA MSO

NORTH WEST SHELF WA: SLIDESHOW - 11 images of the upgraded Anzac class frigate HMAS Ballarat patroling through gas and oil platforms in the Indian Ocean off the Pilbara.

USAF TO ROTATE F-22A RAPTOR THROUGH AUSTRALIA

NORTHERN TERRITORY: The US Air Force will rotate the F-22A Raptor through RAAF Northern Territory bases beginning later this year.

SOCOMD-A COMBAT SHOOTER COURSE

MAJURA ACT: NCOs from 3rd Brigade underwent advanced instruction at the prototype Combat Shooter Course which employs SASR techniques and advanced range technology.

SASR ADRHIB PARACHUTE LOAD FOLLOW

RAAF PEARCE WA: Slideshow imagery of the SASR conducting a Parachute Load Follow water insertion with F470 Inflatable Assault Boats and Air Drop Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats.

RAAF CONSIDERS SIXTH GENERATION AIRCRAFT

CANBERRA: The RAAF's will explore the possibility of future Sixth Generation Combat Aircraft before opting for a final tranche of 28 F-35A Lightning II.

ARDU COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT ON THE CLASSIC HORNET

RAAF EDINBURGH SA: The RAAF's Aircraft Research & Development Unit transferred its F/A-18 Classic Hornets back to Air Combat Group after completing the final Hornet research projects finalising work that went for 24 years.

LAV FIRE SUPPORT VEHICLE TRIALS

MT BUNDEY TA NT: In 1998 while the Army was in the early phase of ASLAV operations, two very interesting LAV variants were trialed by 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

USAF B-1A BOMBERS TO ROTATE THROUGH RAAF BASES

RAAF TINDAL NT: The US Air Force will substantially increase its activities in Australia from 2017 under its Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative which is part of the larger Force Posture Initiative.

SIX NEW M-88A2 HERCULES VEHICLES DELIVERED

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Army was taken delivery of six new M-88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles allowing it to raise a third Armoured Cavalry Regiment in 7th Brigade.

F/A-18F SPIRAL UPGRADES

CANBERRA: The RAAF’s F/A-18F Rhino fleet will be significantly more capable if the US Navy’s Super Hornet Spiral Upgrade Program ‘F/A-18E/F Flight Plan’ spiral capability development is adopted.

6 SQUADRON FINAL RHINO FLIGHT

RAAF AMBERLEY SEQ: RAAF No 6 Squadron has ceased operating the F/A-18F Rhino as it prepares to commence conversion to the EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) aircraft in the USA.

UNSUCCESSFUL MOUNTED COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLES

CANBERRA: We explore the unsuccessful Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability contenders - the Team Sentinel Sentinel II and General Dynamics Land Systems Australia LAV CRV.

INDONESIAN EX-RAAF C-130H FATAL CRASH

PAPUA PROVINCE INDONESIA: A former RAAF C-130H that was gifted to Indonesia has been destroyed in a fatal crash in Papua Province.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP - IRAQ

IRAQ: The 80-strong 2nd Commando Regiment (2Cdo) led Special Operations Task Group – Iraq (SOTG-Iraq) is preparing Iraq's Counter Terrorist Service for war with Islamic State.

TASK GROUP TAJI FORCE PROTECTION COMPANY

TAJI IRAQ: The C Company 7RAR TGT Force Protection Company rotated in place with the incoming Task Group Taji 4 Force Protection Company crewed by C Coy 5RAR.

AUSTRALIAN AIR TASK GROUP INTERDICTION OF ISLAMIC STATE

IRAQ & SYRIA: The RAAF’s Air Task Group (ATG) is the only Australian force element tasked with direct combat operations against Islamic State under Operation Okra.

LEASED CAPE CLASS PATROL BOATS LAUNCHED

HENDERSON WA: Sea trials for the RAN’s two new build Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPB) will commence in January with two vessels soon in RAN service.

TOWNSVILLE TA & SHOALWATER BAY TA EXPANSION

QUEENSLAND: The Townsville Training Area (TTA) and Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) are to be upgraded by the Singaporean Defence Force.

FORMER SOTG VIII OPERATOR TAKES LEGAL ACTION

VICTORIA: A former SOTG Operator has taken out a legal action for malicious prosecution against the Army.

AUSTRALIA US MARINE CORPS COST SHARING AGREEMENT

AUSTRALIA: The Australian and US Governments have successfully concluded cost sharing arrangements for the USMC's Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and USAF and USN use of ADF bases.

TASK GROUP TAJI BUILD PARTNER CAPACITY MISSION

TAJI IRAQ: Task Group Taji is currently in its fourth rotation (TGT4), with the 5RAR led Task Group Taji 4 operating from CJTF-OIR's Build Partner Capacity Centre at Taji Military Complex.

ANAO REPORT SAVAGES ARH TIGER HELICOPTER

CANBERRA: The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) released an extremely critical report on the failures of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter acquisition project on September 1.

NEXT GEN NIGHT FIGHTING SYSTEMS

CANBERRA: The ADF has finalised its next generation of weapon night aiming/illumination systems; laser range finding/targeting systems, night vision goggles and helmet attachment devices.

RAN MIDDLE EAST MARITIME SECURITY OPS

ARABIAN & AFRICAN WATERS: HMAS Perth's Maritime Security Operations within Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East and East Africa continues the RAN's long commitment.

USAF PARARESCUE COMBAT SEARCH & RESCUE

TOWNSVILLE QLD: The United States Air Force’s legendary Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) capability was demonstrated at ADF training areas around Townsville.

FIRST RAAF P-8A POSEIDON DELIVERED

EDINBURGH SA: The first Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol and Response Aircraft has entered service with 11 Squadron which will conduct P-8A Entry in to Service.

NEXT GENERATION 40MM HIGH VELOCITY GRENADES

CANBERRA:The ADF's new L-40-2 Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launcher employs sophisticated very accurate 'smart' High Velocity 40 x 53mm grenades.

TRAIN ADVISE & ASSIST COMMAND - AIR AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: ADF personnel embedded with CJTF - Operation Resolute Support's Train Advise & Assist Command - Air participated in an Afghan Air Force aerial rocket live fire activity.

RAN UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS TAKE FLIGHT

CHRISTMAS ISLAND: CHRISTMAS ISLAND: The Royal Australian Navy completed an operational surveillance employment of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System from Christmas Island.

SUB CONTRACTS SIGNED AFTER DCNS SECRET DATA LEAKED

CANBERRA: The Australian Government has signed initial development contracts for the next generation submarine in the wake of the DCNS sub secrets leak.

EF-88 ENHANCED AUSTEYR MWS ENTERS SERVICE

TOWNSVILLE: Broad scale issue of the ADF’s next generation individual weapon - the Thales EF-88M Enhanced Austeyr has commenced in North Queensland.

FORCE PROTECTION ELEMENT AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN: Australian operations in Afghanistan are secured by the Operation Highroad Force Protection Element (currently 7RAR led Force Protection Element 6).

RAAF F-35A FLEET UNDER THREAT FROM COSTS AND TRUMP

USA: The RAAF's acquisition of the F-35A Lightning II has been complicated by President Elect Trump's warning that the program is too expensive and running too late.

KIWI NZSAS TO ACQUIRE SUPACAT SOV-MH

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Army is acquiring the Supacat Extenda 2 Special Operations Vehicle - Mobility Heavy, (SOV-MH).

MK 47/L40-2 LAGLS ENTERS SERVICE

PORT WAKEFIELD SA: The Australian Army has commenced full scale issue of its new General Dynamics 40x53mm Mk 47 Mod 1 Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launching System (LAGLS).

AIR WARFARE DESTROYER HOBART SEA TRIALS

MELBOURNE: The Royal Australian Navy's Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) acquisition has progressed with Contractor Sea Trials on the lead vessel

AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY OFFICER ACADEMY OPS

AFGHANISTAN: Australian Instructor Mentors play a major role in developing the Afghan National Army at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy at Qargha near Kabul.

(ADF Video) ANAOA INSTRUCTOR MENTORING

AFGHANISTAN: Australian Army Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Officers are demonstrating by practical example the Australian way of developing future leaders of the ANA.

(ADF Video) ANAOA INSTRUCTOR MENTORING

AFGHANISTAN: ADF members provide mentoring and force protection to advise and assist the Academy’s Afghan instructors as part of a five-nation, British-led task force operating from nearby Camp Qargha.

POTENTIAL ARH TIGER HELICOPTER REPLACEMENTS

CANBERRA: The ADF is looking for a next generation aerial fire support and target acquisition platform to replace the Tiger ARH.

COMBAT RECONNAISSANCE VEHICLE SHORT LIST

CANBERRA: Army’s new Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability has moved forward with the down selection of BAE Systems Australia AMV35 and the Rheinmetall Landsystem Gmbh Boxer CRV.

TIGER ARH TO BE RETIRED EARLY

CANBERRA: The Australian Army’s AS665 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) will be withdrawn from service in seven years under an upgrade for the Australian Army Aviation Corps.

RENDER SAFE 2016

SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Australian Defence Force’s annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) activity Exercise Render Safe 2016 returned to the Solomon Islands in September.

EXERCISE PITCH BLACK 2016

TOP END NT: Exercise Pitch Black 2016 saw more than 2500 personnel from ten countries concentrate in the Northern Territory for a high intensity air warfare training exercise.

CANBERRA CLASS LHDS DEFENCE SYSTEMS UPGRADED

SYDNEY: The RAN’s Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ships will have their self defence capability upgraded with the installation of additional missile defence guns.

RAN & RAAF C-27J SPARTAN ACQUISITION BEHIND SCHEDULE

RICHMOND NSW: The RAAF has certified Initial Operating Capabilty for the Spartan C-27J Spartan Battlefield Airlifter fleet and taken delivery of the fifth aircraft.

RAN ACQUIRES SM2 BLOCK IIIB SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES

SYDNEY: The Royal Australian Navy is acquiring stocks of the Raytheon RIM-66M-09 SM 2 Block IIIB Standard Missile as its next generation Surface to Air Missile.

RAN & RNZN ORDER NEW UNDERWAY OILERS

CANBERRA: The Royal Australian Navy will upgrade its Underway Oiler Replenishment capability with the acquisition of two Navantia designed AORs.

ADF EXPLORING NEXT GEN GROUND BASED AIR DEFENCE

CANBERRA: The Australian Army will replace its long serving Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) System with a new flexible mission air defence system.

EF-88 ACCESSORIES AND OPTICS

TOWNSVILLE: The full schedule of EF-88 on rifle Sighting Systems and Sighting System Enhancers issue has commenced to 3rd Brigade units in Townsville.

CH-47F CHINOOK FLEET EXPANDED TO TEN HELICOPTERS

TOWNSVILLE: The three additional CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Australian Army announced in January were delivered in June bring the fleet to 10 Chinooks.

CANBERRA CLASS AAS CERTIFY MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

HAWAII: The RAN’s Canberra-class Amphibious Assault Ships are completing certifications to operate with different helicopters, landing craft and vehicles.

PROJECT OVERLANDER TRUCKS ENTER SERVICE

BRISBANE: The Army has accepted the first of almost 2700 Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) heavy and medium trucks to be acquired under Project Overlander.

RAAF GBU-39B SMALL DIAMETER BOMB ORDER

USA: The Royal Australian Air Force will acquire substantial stocks of the Boeing Integrated Defence Systems GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb to arm its F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft.

HELICOPTER AIRCREW TRAINING SYSTEM

TOWNSVILLE: The Australian Defence Force’s new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) is evolving at the RAN’s Naval Air Station Nowra - HMAS Albatross, NSW.

AIM-120D AMRAAM FOR RAAF F-35, F/A-18F and EA-18G

USA: The RAAF is acquiring the next generation Raytheon Missile Systems AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) for its combat fleet.

SECOND ARMOURED CAVALRY REGIMENT ESTABLISHED

TOWNSVILLE: The Army is activating its second full strength Armoured Cavalry Regiment under the Plan Beersheba Order of Battle.

ARMY RIVERINE COMBAT CAPABILITY TO BE RESTORED

CANBERRA: The Defence White Paper 2016 announced the reactivation of an Army based Riverine Operations capability which had been lost for decades.

WHITEPAPER: FUTURE LONG RANGE ROCKET ARTILLERY

CANBERRA: The Defence White Paper 2016 details a requirment for a new long-range rocket system in the mid 2020s to defeat threats to our personnel at ranges up to 300km.”

ADF TO ACQUIRE LAND BASED ANTI SHIP MISSILES

CANBERRA: The Defence White Paper 2016 announced that Australia would acquire a mobile land based Anti Ship Missile (ASM) capability.

DCNS FUTURE SUBMARINE PLANS

CANBERRA: The Australian Government has revealed some details of the DCNS Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A SSG that will replace the RAN's six Collins class submarines.

(ADF Video) BUSHMASTER PROTECTED MOBILITY VEHICLES

AFGHANISTAN:The Australian Army Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMVs) and crew provide transportation and protection to Australian troops travelling within Kabul, Afghanistan.

(ADF Video) ANAOA GRADUATION

AFGHANISTAN: Graduation of the 342 officer cadets, including nine women, of 1st Kandak (battalion) from the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA).

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