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IPE19 returns to Australia

The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia.  The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  “With...

Remembering the fallen

Members of HMAS Canberra have attended a small ceremony at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore to pay their respects to those who died defending Singapore and Malaya during World War II. Among the 4400 Commonwealth casualties buried or commemorated at Kranji are nine Indigenous soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. “This will stick with me forever.” Two Indigenous members of the Australian Defence Force placed a cross at the headstone of one of the soldiers. Petty Officer Shae Bradshaw said it was...

Sailor sees Success

Thirty-three years ago, a junior Royal Australian Navy sailor joined a new ship, HMAS Success, and today he is on that ship’s final voyage. The First Lady of the Fleet, Success was commissioned in Sydney on April 23, 1986. She was the largest ship built entirely in Australia for the Navy and the biggest built in the port of Sydney. “When required, Success has always been there; it will be a sad but proud day when she decommissions." Warrant Officer Werner Stach,...

Take a long ride

Seeing fifty motorbikes roll into town is enough to start a conversation with locals anywhere, which is what the Long Ride 2019 is doing. The rain held off as riders roared off from the Department of Defence Headquarters in Canberra on May 10. They are part of the Australian Defence Force’s  contribution to the fundraising ride and gathered more riders as they went. They will arrive in Darwin on May 18 after riding through regional New South Wales, Queensland and the...

Newcastle navigates world’s busiest waters

HMAS Newcastle, in company with the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE19) flagship HMAS Canberra, has made her final transit through the busiest and most complex sea waters in the world: the Malacca and Singapore Straits. The navigation officer on Newcastle, Lieutenant Mitchell Smith, was responsible for getting the ship – which will be decommissioned later this year – safely through the region. "That’s about 50,000 ships passing through an area only 2.7 kilometres wide." “As the main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific...

Building a future

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have contributed to a significant school project during a visit to Phuket, Thailand. Personnel from the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE19) Joint Task Force laid turf and built a playground at the Cornerstone Learning Centre in blistering conditions. The Asia Centre Foundation is building the facility with the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian aid program. Foundation Director Roelien Muller said the Cornerstone Learning Centre would help Thai families who travelled to...

Surf training could save lives

Australian and US forces have delivered potentially life-saving training during a visit to Patong Beach, Thailand. Using amphibious vessels launched from HMAS Canberra, personnel from the Joint Task Force for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 and Surf Lifesaving Australia combined in Phuket to deliver equipment and training to the beach-loving community at Patong Beach. Some 1500 life jackets and 20 rescue boards were delivered for surf lifesaving development throughout southern provinces in Thailand. At the sound of a whistle, the children jumped into the water...

G-G farewells Pearce

The outgoing Governor-General of Australia returned to familiar ground during a visit to RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia. An honour guard welcomed General (retired) Sir Peter Cosgrove to the newly refurbished base. The Governor-General is welcomed to RAAF Base Pearce with a Guard of Honour from No. 25 (City of Perth) Squadron personnel. Phtoto: Petty Officer James Whittle. His return brought back memories for the Governor-General. “The last time I was out here, I was boarding a C-130 to undertake a water jump,”...

Aussie RADM to UNHQ Korea

The Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, Jr has confirmed the appointment of the Australian Defence Force’s Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer as the Deputy Commander United Nations Command Headquarters in the Republic of Korea.  The appointment of Rear Admiral Mayer is a great opportunity for Australia to work with the Republic of Korea, the United States and regional partners to further contribute to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula. This is the first...

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...