Future RAN support ships named

The Royal Australian Navy’s new fleet replenishment ships will be named Supply and Stalwart. The support ships, which will be known as Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels, are replacing HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius under the SEA 1654 Phase 3 Maritime Operational Support Capability project. According to a statement from Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, Chief … [Read more...]

Air Affairs and Discovery Air Defence start support for RAAF fast-jet training

Air Affairs Australia and Discovery Air Defence Services have completed their first fast-jet training missions in support of the Australian Defence Force’s Fast Jet Trial contract. Air Affairs stated that four of its Learjet aircraft and two Discovery Air Defence modified Alpha Jet aircraft participated in air-to-air missions as ‘red air aggressors’ near RAAF Base … [Read more...]

RAAF C-27J flies into New Caledonia for HADR exercise

A C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter and 44 personnel from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will participate in Exercise Mhanuu 2017 in New Caledonia until November 24. The exercise involves rehearsing regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) scenarios, Defence stated. The C-27J from 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond will be operating in coordination … [Read more...]

RAAF C-27J deploys to New Zealand for first international exercise

The Royal Australian Air Force’s 35 Squadron has deployed a C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter to participate in a major international exercise for the first time since it was brought into service with the Australian Defence Force. The aircraft was deployed to New Zealand to provide an air mobility capability for Exercise Southern Katipo 2017, which is the New Zealand Defence … [Read more...]

Tiger ARH to resume flying ‘within weeks’

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell says the Army’s fleet of 22 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters could resume flying within weeks. Responding to questions from the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee on Wednesday evening, LTGEN Campbell said the Tiger’s ‘operational pause’, put in place following the fatal crash of a German Army Tiger … [Read more...]