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Australian service on D-Day

On the night of 5/6 June Bomber Command conducted precision attacks on ten German coastal artillery batteries near the beaches where Allied troops were to land. Each battery was targeted by approximately 100 heavy bombers, and all four Australian heavy bomber squadrons took part in the operation. No. 460 Squadron dispatched 26 aircraft, which were evenly split between attacking the batteries at Fontenay-Crisbecq and St Martin de Varreville. No. 466 Squadron provided 13 aircraft to the raid on batteries...

Diamond in the Rough

More than 1200 members from the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade converged on Central Queensland for Exercise Diamond Sprint at Shoalwater Bay Training Area in May. Diamond Sprint was a combined units training activity and 7th Brigade’s largest formation-level exercise of the year. It culminated in infantry conducting assaults with artillery, tanks, engineers, logistics and communication elements in support. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Dickie, the commanding officer of 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, said the exercise ensured troops were brilliant at the basics,...

Your favourite charity?

The original ex-military welfare organisation formed for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-service Defence Force members and their dependents, the Returned and Services League of Australia, was established in 1916. Since then, there have been a large (and growing) number of welfare charities established essentially serving the same group of people, and even more formed to cater for police, fire and emergency services personnel - first responders. Which is your favourite?

Just turn up and shoot

It was an usual sight in Canberra as a live-fire range arrived on the back of a semi-trailer at Russell Offices. The Video Positive Identification Range (ViPIR) turned up for an evaluation from May 13-24. ViPIR's Sergeant Robert Brooks, a reservist on loan from Adelaide Universities Regiment and working for Army Land Simulation Program, said the range used a high-definition video projection system with real weapons and live ammunition. “This range allows soldiers to be immersed in a training environment where they’re...

Padres head up support

The two chaplains deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE19) may have different religions but their roles were the same: to counsel and provide pastoral care to all on board. Father Paul Stuart, the Senior Chaplain aboard the Royal Australian Navy’s flagship HMAS Canberra, was on the ship as it visited Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. From Malaysia onwards, he was assisted by Chaplain Mogamat Majidih Essa, the first Muslim imam in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “Imam Essa’s presence...

Chinese vessels target RAN pilots

Chinese maritime militia vessels are believed responsible for a series of laser attacks on Australian Navy pilots during a recent voyage through the hotly contested South China Sea.  Key points: Defence sources have confirmed helicopters were targeted with lasers during night flights. It comes after Chinese warships closely followed the Australian Task GroupBeijing maintains a robust maritime militia in the disputed South China SeaDefence sources have confirmed helicopters were targeted during night flights, forcing the pilots to temporarily return to their...

75th Anniversary, D Day looms

Close to 3,000 Australians were involved in the Normandy landings in 1944. Australia’s main contribution to D‐Day was in the air. Some 2,000 to 2,500 Australian airmen serving in Royal air Force and Royal Australian air Force Squadrons took part in operations associated with the invasion. Australian aircrew served in transport and glider‐towing squadrons which delivered airborne troops on D‐Day, in fighter and fighter‐bomber squadrons which operated directly over the beaches, and in heavy bomber squadrons which dropped thousands of...

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...

New Minister for Defence

Linda Karen Reynolds CSC (born 16 May 1965) is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Minister for Defence since 26 May 2019, and has served as Senator for Western Australia since 2014. Military service: Australian Army Reserve, 1984–2012, Brigadier. Commander, 5th Combat Support Battalion Awards: Conspicuous Service Cross, Defence Long Service Medal, Australian Defence Medal. In 2013, Reynolds was elected from third position on the Liberal Senate ticket, but her place in the Senate was in doubt after the High Court...

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...

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