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Boost for Australian defence and aerospace industries

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today welcomed the announcement by the US Department of Defense that Australia has been selected to provide support to Joint Strike Fighters (F-35) in the Asia Pacific Region. Senator Johnston said with the JSF Program now maturing, the focus was increasingly turning to sustainment and how the aircraft would […]

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Contract secured for aviation fire trucks

Defence has signed a $33.393 million contract for 28 aviation fire trucks to provide aircraft crash, emergency and fighting fire fighting responses for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Australian Army. Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston said the new vehicles would replace and enhance existing Army and Air Force aircraft rescue and […]

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2014 Australia-Papua New Guinea Defence Ministers’ meeting

Minister for Defence David Johnston, today met with his Papua New Guinea counterpart, Dr Fabian Pok, for the second annual Australia-Papua New Guinea Defence Ministers’ Meeting. “Dr Pok and I had wide ranging discussions on how Australia and Papua New Guinea can continue to strengthen our longstanding defence relationship, in order to advance our mutual […]

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Creating a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry

The Abbott Government is committed to investing in a safe and secure Australia. As part of this commitment – and building towards the release of the Defence White Paper – the Government today announces a three point plan that will create a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry that supports shipbuilding jobs. Firstly, the Government will work […]

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Defence Minister welcomes the commissioning of HMPNGS Lakekamu

Today in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, a ceremony was held to mark the commissioning of the Landing Craft Heavy HMPNGS Lakekamuinto service with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF). HMPNGS Lakekamu was formerly the Royal Australia Navy Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Labuan, which was decommissioned from Australian service at a ceremony in Cairns last […]

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Labor’s Defence record reveals hypocrisy

The future submarine program is a significant national investment in a vital defence capability and it is important that we get it right. The Government is committed to delivering the most capable replacement submarines, at the best price with the least risk to our nation’s future security. Unlike Labor, that is what we will do. […]

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$1.2 million boost for School Pathways Program

The Australian Government has committed an extra $1.2 million to extend a Defence Materiel Organisation program aimed at encouraging more students in Western Australia and South Australia to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced an extension to the DMO School Pathways Program National Partnership Agreement until 30 […]

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HMAS Canberra, among the best in the world

The commissioning of HMAS Canberra, a 27,000 tonne Landing Helicopter Dock, provides the Royal Australian Navy with one of the world’s most capable and sophisticated amphibious assault ships, Defence Minister David Johnston said. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony held at Garden Island, Sydney, Senator Johnston said HMAS Canberra was the largest warship ever built for […]

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Defence Abuse Response Taskforce report

The Government has received the final report of the out-going Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART), the Honourable Len Roberts-Smith RFD QC, and his report on Defence Abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Both reports were tabled in Parliament today. Mr Roberts-Smith and his Taskforce team have worked diligently in often difficult circumstances delivering […]

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Praise for installation of first Australian made JSF Vertical Tails

Defence Minister David Johnston has congratulated Melbourne-based precision engineering company Marand following the successful installation of the first locally made Vertical Tail assemblies on an F-35 Lightning at Lockheed Martin’s US assembly line at Fort Worth, Texas. The installation of the twin tail fins manufactured at Marand’s Moorabbin plant represents a major milestone in the […]

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HMAS Toowoomba drug seizure

The Royal Australian Navy has once again dealt a blow to international drug smuggling in the Indian Ocean with HMAS Toowoomba intercepting and seizing 388 kg of heroin off the coast of Africa. Minister for Defence Senator Johnston said the crew of Toowoomba boarded a dhow in international waters and discovered the drugs in a […]

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Second annual Australia Indonesia High Level Committee Meeting

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today met with the Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, General Moeldoko, who was in Canberra to conduct the second annual Australia‑Indonesia High Level Committee with the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin. General Moeldoko was accompanied on this visit by a senior delegation […]

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Acquisition of new deployable Air Traffic Management and Control Systems

The Australian Government has purchased deployable Air Traffic Management and Control Systems for the Royal Australian Air Force. Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today said the new systems would enable the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to use radar to control aircraft and manage airspace for missions within Australia and overseas. “This acquisition will assist the […]

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Navy’s MH-60R Romeo helicopters on display

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ has been on display today flying from its home in the Shoalhaven to Sydney and around Sydney Harbour. Defence Minister David Johnston said the new helicopter is part of an eventual fleet of 24 and is the next generation submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft that […]

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Ceremony marks the return of Maralinga Tjarutja lands at Woomera

The Australian Government has formally acknowledged the excision of an area of the Maralinga Tjarutja lands, from Defence’s Woomera Prohibited Area, in an event held at the Maralinga Village today. Known as ‘Section 400’ it was the site of atomic testing and associated trials conducted by the British in the 1950s and 1960s in South […]

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French and Australian Defence Ministers meet in Perth

The Australian Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, and his French counterpart, Minister for Defence of the French Republic Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian have met in Australia to discuss shared interests between both countries. The visit took place from 31 October to 2 November 2014. Both Ministers attended the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event on 1 […]

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Albany commemorations and meetings with foreign dignitaries

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston will meet with his New Zealand, Japanese and French counterparts and colleagues over the period 31 October to 2 November in Perth. These counterparts are in Australia to attend the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event and symbolic convoy departure on 1 November and are also taking the opportunity to meet […]

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Heron to be retained to keep Australia’s unmanned aerial capability

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced the return of a Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) to Australia as part of a plan to ensure RAAF pilots maintain the skills to operate unmanned aerial systems until the introduction of the Triton. “The Heron is a proven capability – providing ‘eyes in the sky’ for […]

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Exercise KOWARI breaking new ground

Exercise KOWARI, the first land-based trilateral military exercise between Australia, China and the United States, concluded today marking an important milestone in defence cooperation between the three countries. Based out of Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin, the exercise began on 7 October and involved 10 participants from each country. The exercise included field training and survival […]

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