Monthly Archives - April 2019

Growler capable

Initial Operating Capability (IOC) has been achieved for the EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies said IOC for the Growler was a significant achievement in Defence’s efforts to improve joint electronic warfare capability. “Over time, this aircraft will work with Army and Navy platforms to enhance our ability to control the electronic environment, and where necessary, deny or degrade the electronic systems of adversaries,” Air Marshal Davies said. “This will provide a capability edge by enhancing tactical options to...

Floating new ideas

Soon-to-be decommissioned, HMAS Newcastle - deployed as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 - is home to one of the Royal Australian Navy’s innovation hubs. The deployable innovation workshop (DIW), which sounds as if it should be in Silicon Valley rather than a warship, is led by Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally. “The centre came out of a necessity for change to happen quicker." The gas turbine maintainer has notched up a series of accolades throughout her 10-year career. “I’ve had a few good gigs,”...

Citations for Viet Nam vets

ANZAC Day this year, saw a select group of veterans marching with shiny new awards for the first time; some dating back fifty-two years The extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of both the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam in South Vietnam from October 1967 to June 1971, and members of the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) and associated units deployed to Area of Operations SURFERS during the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral are being recognised by the Unit...

First family visit since 1915

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Amanda May is the first military member in her family to return to Gallipoli since her great-grandfather fought there more than a century before. As soon as her proud parents, Darren and Trisha May, heard their daughter had been selected for ceremonial duties with Australia’s Federation Guard at the Anzac Day Gallipoli services, they booked flights from the NSW Central Coast to Turkey. Able Seaman May, a boatswain’s mate, said her great-grandfather, Private Erskine May, was...

Piper plays tribute

Leading Aircraftman Robert Scott has paid tribute to an ancestor who died at Gallipoli the only way he knows how: by playing his bagpipes. Leading Aircraftman Scott will be the piper for the Anzac Day commemorative services held on April 24 and 25 in Turkey. “I played the pipes because it just felt like something I should do. I chose to play two tunes, Battle of the Somme and Waltzing Matilda." In the lead-up to the services he visited the grave of his great-great-uncle,...

ANZAC: Middle East

Anzac Day was commemorated throughout the Middle East with a number of dawn services across theatre. Australian and New Zealand personnel stood side by side with counterparts from Turkey and coalition forces to remember the fallen in all wars and conflicts. "I see in your eyes that same commitment, that same passion and desire to pursue all that is good in the defence of our nations." At Camp Baird, the commander of Joint Task Force 633, Air Vice Marshal Joe Iervasi spoke...

Solemn promise at Gallipoli

The Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell delivered this year’s commemorative address at the Anzac Day dawn service at the Anzac Cove Commemorative Site on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey. General Campbell stood at the landing site of the original Australian soldiers on that morning over a century before. He said it was the stories of the soldiers themselves that brought their legend to life. “Turkey, New Zealand and Australia are forever connected by our shared history in this place.” “It...

Didgeridoo to feature

A Warlpiri man in the Royal Australian Air Force will play the didgeridoo at the Anzac Day commemorative services along the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. Leading Aircraftman Brodie McIntyre grew up in Cairns, Queensland, but his people are Warlpiri, of the Jumpajinpa and Jangala skin group, from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. Leading Aircraftman McIntyre will perform at both the Anzac Day commemorative dawn service and the Lone Pine memorial service on April 25. “It has a really deep, slow, resonating sound, which...

For the fallen

With ANZAC Day looming, time to reflect on a key piece of every dawn and ANZAC service with a little history. Moved by the opening of what was then called the Great War and the already high number of casualties of the British Expeditionary Force, in 1914 Laurence Binyon wrote his poem "For the Fallen", with its "Ode of Remembrance" (the third and fourth or simply the fourth stanza of the poem). At the time, the poet Laurence Binyon was...

Latest challenge coins

We're privileged to help the Wally Thompson OAM Club at Kapooka recognise their members, through the use of a new custom-designed challenge coin. These are the latest coins we've made, and we're pretty happy that the Wally Thompson OAM Club is also pretty happy. "Apologies for the delayed response, we are extremely happy with the coins. On behalf of the Wally Thompson, OAM Club I would like to sincerely thank you for your exceptional service. We look forwards to...

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