RAAF Korean War pilot awarded US Air Medal

The United States government has posthumously awarded a US Air Medal to Royal Australian Air Force Flying Officer Phillip Zupp. Zupp’s son, ADBR contributor and Australian Aviation Flying Editor Owen Zupp accepted the award from the United States Charge D’Affaires to Australia James Caruso at an official presentation attended by Chief of Defence Force ACM Mark Binskin at the … [Read more...]

Hunter class FFH ‘Ship Zero’ training centre for Henderson

The government has announced the new training and capability centre for the new SEA 5000 Hunter class future frigates will be located at HMAS Stirling at Henderson in Western Australia. Known as ‘Ship Zero’, the facility will provide headquarters, capability-specific training facilities, through-life test centre, and the potential to establish a land-based system test site. … [Read more...]

Australian Signals Directorate becomes statutory agency

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) became a statutory agency within the Defence portfolio on July 1. Minister for Defence Marise Payne said the establishment of ASD as a statutory agency was an important change that will strengthen its ability to protect Australia’s security. “The establishment of ASD as a statutory agency within the Defence portfolio achieves a key … [Read more...]

Australia gains approval to purchase long-lead Aegis equipment for Hunter and Hobart class vessels

The US State Department has cleared Australia to acquire long-lead equipment to equip its nine new SEA 5000 Hunter-class FFHs with the Lockheed Martin Aegis combat management system (CMS), and to upgrade the Aegis CMS on its three SEA 4000 Hobart class DDGs. The potentially US$185m (A$250.1m) sale would see the Aegis system integrated with the Hunter class’s CEA CEAFAR radar … [Read more...]