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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

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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

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

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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.    

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First Steel Cut for Australia's New Polar Research Ship

the commencement of construction of the Damen Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV), a steel cutting ceremony has been held at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. Damen is constructing the ASRV for Serco Defence, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco Australia who, in turn, signed a contract with the Australian Government last year for the delivery, operation and maintenance of the vessel.   “Cutting the first steel for any vessel is always significant. However, the fact that the ASRV is such a ground-breaker makes this a very exciting moment,” said Damen Project Director Joop Noordijk.

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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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New Imagery Allows Viewers to ‘Tour’ WWII Shipwrecks

Productions, a professional documentary company that accompanied the expedition.   “The team have pulled off something fantastic, singular in the history of Australian maritime archaeology,” said Andy Viduka, Assistant Director Maritime Heritage, Department of the Environment, Australian Government.  

Investigators examine piece of aircraft debris (Photo: ATSB)

Australian Agency Believes it Can Locate MH370

an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.   The agency's assertion is based on satellite pictures taken two weeks after Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, on a flight to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.   But the Australian government rejected the conclusion of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), issued in a report on Wednesday, saying it was not specific enough.   The disappearance of the Boeing 777 has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. It is thought to

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Keel Laid for Australia's New Antarctic Supply/Research Vessel

will provide Australia’s three permanent research stations on the Antarctic continent and its research station on Macquarie Island with cargo, equipment and personnel. This will be facilitated by the ability to stow more than 100 TEU.   In terms of research, the ASRV signifies the Australian government’s commitment to a long term scientific programme focused on the understanding and stewardship of the Southern Ocean. With laboratory and office spaces totalling 500 m2, up to 116 scientific staff will be able to perform a huge range of cross-disciplinary studies of the biological, physical

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

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

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

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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Naval Group Engages KBR in SEA1000 Project

local defence infrastructure engineering and program management experience to this important project," said Greg Conlon, KBR President Asia Pacific.   "We anticipate this contract will employee around 100 South Australians and we look forward to working with Naval Group and the Australian Government to maximize opportunities for local industry," added Conlon.   Naval Group are committed to the involvement of Australian industry in the Future Submarine Program, recognising that it is of vital importance to the construction and sustainment of the submarine fleet into the future

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

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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

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