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Australia’s first Navy submarine HMAS AE1 went missing more than 100 years ago off of what is now Papua New Guinea. To this day its location remains unknown. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Joins Hunt for Long-lost WWI Sub

of Australia. Another not-for-profit organization, Silentworld Foundation, which focuses on Australasian maritime archaeology, and the Royal Australian Navy are also major sponsors funding the efforts to locate this piece of Australian history and enable proper commemoration.   The Australian Government said it would match private investment to fund the expedition to search for HMAS AE1 and its crew of Australian, New Zealand and British personnel. Minister for Defense, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, said the government would provide $500,000 to allow Find AE1 Ltd to proceed.   &ldquo

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DCNS Australia Opens Adelaide Future Submarine Facility

good for local business and the community, but critical for the transfer of knowledge and the creation of Australian sovereignty for the operation and sustainment of the submarines,” Costello said.   The signature of an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) between the French and the Australian governments marks a major step for the Australian future submarines program and cover the whole commitment between the two countries, according to DCNS, who is now allowed to execute the submarines contracts.   The IGA fully launches the Australian future submarines program which will include

High Power Phased Array Radar Development

; The CEAFAR radar is a focus of the Phased Array Radar element of the High Frequency and Phased Array Radar Priority Industry Capability (PIC). The development of a High Power Phased Array Radar based on the CEAFAR radar system will build on the already substantial investment made by the Australian Government in the domestic radar-related industrial research and development and de-risk radar solutions for the Future Frigates.  

Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy Photo Australian Government Media Release Service

$45 mln to bolster Reef Protection

this outcome" Key investments from the program include:  * A project between Greening Australia and the Queensland Government to trial innovative gully remediation techniques funded through the Great Barrier Reef Innovation Fund, $2 million each;  * $8 million through the Australian Government Reef Trust phase 2 for gully restoration projects in priority areas in the Burdekin, Fitzroy, Burnett Mary and Cape York natural resource management regions;  * $20 million through the Australian Government Reef Trust phase 4 competitive grants round for gully and streambank restoration

Australia, Japan Look to Deepen Navy Ties

on the US-Japan Defense Guidelines.   "I welcome the report’s identification of increasing trilateral and multilateral security and defence cooperation with regional allies and partners as a key priority," Senator Johnston said. "I also note this is in line with Australian Government policy and consistent with the joint statement released by Prime Minister Abbott and Prime Minister Abe in July." Based on earlier discussions, Senator Johnston also made a request of Minister Eto to investigate the possibility of Japanese cooperation in the Australian Future Submarine

Navy Offers Help Recovering Bombs from Great Barrier Reef

allegedly spotted near their original target causing U.S. Navy Harrier fighter jets to drop the bombs, two inert and two carrying explosives but not armed. Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Admiral Scott Swift said the decision on whether to leave the bombs or retrieve them was up to the 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

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Fugro to Continue the Search for MH370

of the search area.   Fugro and ATSB expect the Fugro Discovery to begin the deep tow search late September with Fugro Equator joining shortly thereafter.   The search is expected to take up to 12 months but will understandably end if the missing aircraft is found beforehand. The Australian Government has allocated has AUS $60 million to the ATSB to carry out the search for MH370.    

Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Canberra: Royal Australian Navy

Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan

 Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters.   The opposition said it wanted to invite Sweden to join Germany, France and Japan in submitting tenders for submarine fleet, as part of a proposal to end political gridlock on the project.   The Government has rejected a Labor proposal to further open up the submarine tender process as "complete fantasy" and a "mirage".   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed the Labor plan warning

QinetiQ Design Software Used for 'SUBS in Schools'

challenge we wanted to include the software tools that are used extensively in the real world hence the selection of Paramarine. The software is currently being used by the Australian Department of Defense, and as such provides a direct link for the students to the work being carried out on the Australian Government’s Future Submarine Project. The Australian Department of Defense, through the Defense Materiel Organization (DMO), is the major sponsor of the program and is working with industry to develop the next generation of engineers and designers,” said Dr Michael Myers, OAM, Founder &

Australia Outlines Submarine Acquisition Strategy

The Australian government announced its acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program, setting out further details of the competitive evaluation process to be undertaken by the nation’s Department of Defense.    The government said it seeks the best possible capability and value for money for Australian taxpayers while maximizing the involvement of Australian industry. The process outlined today provides a pathway for Australian industry to maximize its involvement in the program, without compromising capability, cost, program schedule or risk, the government said.   As

One of NRCan’s Explorer AUVs is pictured here in the Arctic during surveys performed in 2010. (Photo: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan))

Arctic Explorer AUV Ordered in Australia

AUV that builds on the success of Theseus and the two Arctic Explorer vehicles owned and operated by Natural Resources Canada.   This Explorer is destined for the Australian Maritime College, a specialist institute of UTAS, and will be used by the Antarctic Gateway Partnership (AGP), an Australian Government funded initiative to build further polar research capability in Tasmania.   AGP Theme 4 (Marine Technology and Polar Environments) Leader and AMC Principal, Professor Neil Bose, said this Explorer will be utilized by a talented group of scientists and operators taking the under-ice

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Malaysian Airlines MH370 Search: Latest Update

shortly release a formal request for tender to source the capability to undertake the underwater search. A single prime contractor will be chosen to bring together and manage the expertise, equipment and vessels to carry out the search. The request for tender will be done via AusTender, the Australian Government Tender System: www.tenders.gov.au  

Joint hydrographic and seabed characterization survey in coastal waters off Davis station, Antarctica. (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Scientists Study the Antarctic

several Antarctic geoscience and geophysical data acquisition surveys in hopes of helping to increase understanding of these precious environments to better manage and protect them. Geoscience Australia's Antarctic Geoscience program, which carries out marine and onshore research for the Australian government, has completed three Antarctic surveys during the 2016-2017 field season. Three Geoscience Australia marine specialists, Dr. Jodie Smith, Kim Picard and Ian Atkinson, were part of a two month survey of the near-shore region near Australia's Davis research station. This survey was completed

Submarine Bidders Step up Lobbying for Australia Tender

advanced attack Soryu submarine carried out drills with Australia's navy on Tuesday as a German company launched a campaign to advertise its expertise - as a race for a A$50 billion contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet neared a climax.   Industry sources told Reuters the Australian government is speeding up its decision on the contract - France is the other major bidder - with a winner now expected to be announced by the end of the month.   Australia intends to buy 12 new submarines, a centrepiece of its defence strategy unveiled in February, which called for an increase

Rapid Repair Clamp (Image: World Wide Metric)

Repair a Broken Pipe in Less than 60 Seconds

and easy to install, the Rapid Repair Clamp provides quick repairs for pipe leaks and bursts — especially useful when every second counts. The self-contained design allows for installation by one person in less than 60 seconds without the use of any tools. In fact, tests conducted by the Australian Government of Defense and the Royal Australian Navy found the Rapid Repair Clamp to be five times faster than standard repair clamps, the manufacturer said. Made from marine-grade stainless steel, the Rapid Repair Clamp provides a tight seal for water, steam, gas and most chemical/petroleum liquids

Kraken Awarded AquaPix Sonar Contract

Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., a  marine technology company, has announced  that it has been awarded a contract for an AquaPix Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar system by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO). DSTO is the Australian government’s lead agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia and its national interests. DSTO delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative defence solutions to agencies such as the Royal Australian Navy. Kraken’s AquaPix  Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar

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Solomon Islands Capital Needs to relocate to Combat Tsunami

mean sea level. Coastal hazards such as tsunami and ocean storms present a significant risk to the Taro Island community, and these hazards will be compounded in the future with climate change and sea level rise in particular. The climate change adaptation plan for Choiseul Bay, funded by the Australian Government’s Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) programme, details the staged relocation of the Choiseul capital to the adjacent mainland. This is the first time anywhere in the Pacific Islands that a provincial capital with all its services and facilities

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