Australian Defense Force News

Dunstall Named JFD Australia Chairman

hyperbaric chamber manufacturing, rebreathing and combat diving equipment.”Dunstall previously worked for many years in senior positions in the Department of Defense, including being responsible for the part of the Defense organization that acquires and sustains materiel capability for the Australian Defense Force.“For the past decade, JFD Australia has been a key strategic capability partner to the Australian Government and it continues to deliver world-class defense systems, including a hyperbaric equipment suite and transfer-under-pressure chamber, which, earlier this year gave the RAN, for

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New Clues Discovered in Australian AE1 Search

The Australian Defense Force (ADF) confirmed that a number of contacts of interest were discovered during the search for lost 1914 submarine AE1 by HMAS Yarra in the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea. The contacts were located during the search for HMAS AE1 conducted between September 6-9. According to the ADF, a number of contacts were able to be classified as natural objects; however, one contact remains unidentified and will require further investigation. ADF will not disclose the exact location of the contact until it is properly identified. These types of contacts are frequent in this

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Australian Divers Remove Potential WWII Mine

The Royal Australian Navy reported that its clearance divers have successfully disposed of a suspect object in Betio Lagoon off South Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati. Australian Defense previously reported the suspicious item may be a sea mine from World War II. A team of Australian Defense Force personnel was sent to the Pacific island nation following the discovery of the suspect object beneath a sunken vessel that was being salvaged by commercial operators. Six Royal Australian Navy clearance divers and a support team flew to the island nation last week on a Royal Australian

Suspected Explosive Remnant of War was discovered in late May near the main wharf in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati, beneath the wreck of the MV Tovota by salvage workers from The Dive Centre Pty Ltd Fiji. The Australian Defense Force has been requested by Kiribati authorities to dispose of the object as it poses a potential hazard to local shipping.

Suspected WWII Sea Mine Found off Kiribati

A team of Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel has headed to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to dispose of a suspected World War II sea mine. The object was discovered beneath a sunken vessel that is being salvaged by commercial operators in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa. Six Royal Australian Navy clearance divers and a support team are flying to the island nation on a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft. They have deployed at the request of the Kiribati Government following the discovery of the object, which may date back to World War II. The object is lying in nine

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp Surveying Newcomb Bay. Photo: ABHSO Dyer, Royal Australian Navy

Australian Navy Surveys Antarctica

region and enable safe passage by mariners.” The gathered data will also assist the AAD with scientific research and monitoring of the environment around the Antarctic stations. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, said the Australian Hydrographic Service is a vital Australian Defense Force capability with a valuable national role: “The countries that are party to the Antarctic Treaty have reiterated the importance of efforts to conduct surveys and improve charts in the region.” Barrett added, “Australia plays its part by completing surveys and through

HMAS Warramunga conducts a twilight patrol around the natural gas production facility, Prod Bayu-Undan, as the ship and crew of HMAS Warramunga conduct a maritime security patrol in the Timor Sea as part of Ex Blue Raptor 2013. Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind

Australian Navy Completes O&G Security Exercise in Northwest Shelf

based on both the east and west coast of Australia, have concluded their participation in Exercise Blue Raptor in the Northwest Shelf area. Exercise Blue Raptor was a maritime security exercise which tested communications, procedures and protocols between the Navy ships and other units of the Australian Defense Force with the oil and gas installations in the area. The exercise is part of a number of routine patrols conducted by the Navy in the region and was supported by a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion. These patrols are conducted as part of Australia’s robust maritime security

U.S., Australian Navies Locate Bombs

for the period following Exercise Talisman Saber and at no stage did the jettisoned ordnance pose a threat to the safety of people or the Great Barrier Reef.” The U.S.-led recovery and disposal timeline is now dependant on weather conditions and environmental considerations. The Australian Defense Force will to continue to provide direct support to the U.S.-led effort and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The recovery effort includes assets from the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit Five and airlift provided by the U.S. Air Force.  

Navy Offers Help Recovering Bombs from Great Barrier Reef

Australian government. The bombs were lying in 50 to 60 meters of water, posed little risk to the reef or shipping and could easily be picked up by Navy divers, the Navy said. The aircraft were participating in Operation Talisman Saber, a joint exercise sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force (ADF) Headquarters Joint Operations Command involving roughly 30,000 personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Airforce, the ADF and other government agencies from both countries, mainly near Northern Australia. Source: Reuters, U.S. Navy, staff  

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