Defence News

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...

Recon mission update

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has positively identified a World War Two Catalina aircraft A24-64 following a successful reconnaissance mission in the Philippines.In March 2019, RAAF conducted an inspection of a crash site south-east of Cape Calavite on the north-west end of Mindoro Island, after they became aware of several artefacts at this location in 2014. These artefacts consisted of a small metal tube engraved with the aircraft manufacturer’s logo, a brass crown identified by the RAAF Museum...

New Dassault Falcons arrive

The first of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) new Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft arrived in Canberra today. The new aircraft, being leased by RAAF, replace the Bombardier CL604 Challengers and provide a larger passenger load, modern communication and increased range and endurance. Wing Commander Jason Pont, Commanding Officer of 34 Squadron said the Falcon complements RAAF’s larger Boeing 737 Business Jets. “The Falcon 7X is an advanced business jet designed and manufactured by Dassault Aviation,” Wing Commander Pont said. “The jet has a standard crew of three...

Three decades on: Home

WHILE sailing over the Indian Ocean en route to Sri Lanka aboard HMAS Canberra, Private Michael Amarasinghe said he was looking to find a missing link in his life.  “I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, although my family and I left there more than 30 years ago,” Private Amarasinghe said.   “I live in Sydney, and I often see Sri Lankan families arrive in Australia. The culture they bring with them is what I have missed out on, it’s the missing piece...

Evac training to save lives

Force generation activity Exercise Regimen White 19 took place at RAAF Base Amberley from March 11-26 and was the biggest iteration of the exercise yet. For Regimen White, Health Services Wing (HSW) brought together the entire Wing for a bigger and better training experience to practise Air Force’s niche health capability: the Aeromedical Evacuation (AME) System. Officer Commanding HSW Group Captain Kathleen Pyne said Regimen White was important training so the entire Wing could develop a common skill-base. “Air Force owns the...

Navy’s floating hospital

Standing among doctors, physicians and primary health care practitioners, it looks, smells and feels like any other hospital – but it is floating on the ocean. The primary casualty reception facility on board HMAS Canberra is a hive of activity, with the tri-service team providing primary health care and maintenance of the ship’s company and embarked forces while deployed as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour. New Zealand Navy medic Able Seaman Rachel Walton joined the medical team for the duration of IPE19. “Being one of...

Diggers share Canberra’s decks

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) , have swapped the jungles of Sri Lanka for the seas of India as they continue their training mission during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE19). Working alongside the diggers aboard HMAS Canberra were some of Sri Lanka’s finest troops, including ground forces of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. Corporal Patrick Mortimore, a recon patrol commander from 2RAR, said he and his team enjoyed integrating and bonding with the Sri Lankans. “It didn’t take us long...

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