LHDs remain alongside as Defence investigates propulsion issues

The Navy’s two amphibious assault ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide remain tied alongside at Fleet Base East, Sydney while Defence investigates issues with the LHDs’ ‘azipod’ azimuth propulsion systems. The issue first came to public attention almost a month ago on March 29 when ABC defence reporter Andrew Green reported that both vessels were out of service after … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: C-17 load trials for M777 Howitzer

The Department of Defence has released images of load trials of an Army M777 Howitzer artillery piece on a RAAF C-17 airlifter. The trials, held on April 20 at RAAF Base Amberley, marked the first time an Australian Army M777 had been loaded on a RAAF C-17. “The trials will help inform future practice with loading and deploying the M777 by C-17A, including exercises and … [Read more...]

Seahawk ‘Skeletor’ retires from RAN service

A Royal Australian Navy (RAN) S-70B-2 Seahawk anti-submarine helicopter known as ‘Skeletor’ has flown its last operational flight, ending a career logging 6,200 airframe hours and spanning more than 28 years of service. The RAN retired N24-011 during a maintenance period for Anzac class frigate HMAS Arunta in Bahrain, while deployed on Operation MANITOU. The helicopter’s … [Read more...]

New M88A2 recovery vehicles enter service

Defence has received six new M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) armoured recovery vehicles. All of the vehicles have been accepted into service, painted in Australian camouflage and sent to their units. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne stated that delivery of the HERCULES vehicles ensures the safe and effective … [Read more...]

50,000 hour milestone for RAAF SPA fleet

The RAAF’s 34 Squadron has marked 50,000 flying hours with its current fleet of two Boeing BBJ and three Bombardier Challenger 604 Special Purpose Aircraft (SPA). The 50,000 flying hour milestone was passed in March. “Recent flood and cyclone damage in Queensland and northern New South Wales led 34SQN to provide transport for the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to … [Read more...]