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Tiger replacement project kicks off

Just two years after achieving Final Operating Capability – with nine caveats that could prevent it being deployed on operations – the hunt to find Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter’s replacement has formally commenced.

Editor reflects on Sir Peter Cosgrove

General Sir Peter Cosgrove retired as GG this month and I take this opportunity to reflect on my encounters with "The Great Aussie Cossie".

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Soldier – a poem by Geoffrey Prior

You were young,
Aching to be old
Put your boots on
To be told

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Royal Commission into veteran suicide

CONTACT Editor Brian Hartigan gives his (boring) opinion (boringly delivered) on whether or not veteran suicide rates warrant a RC.

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In support of a Royal Commission

Dear Editor, Veteran Suicides are not the traditional understanding of the term “Suicide”. What they are is a result of wounds and injuries sustained during service to Australia.

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F-22s commence flights out of Amberley

RAAF started flying alongside US Air Force F-22 Raptors this week as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019, and CONTACT had a photographer at Amberley for the launch.

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Double 7 formation for 77 Squadron’s 77th

The Royal Australian Air Force’s Number 77 Squadron conducted a flypast over RAAF Base Williamtown in a ‘double seven’ formation to mark the unit’s 77 years of operations.

Sirius-ly confusing start to Pacific voyage

A Defence press release said HMAS Sirius would start a new 'Pacific step-up' voyage in Fiji – yet official photos show the ship in Samoa.

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 launched

The opening ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 was held in the Port of Brisbane onboard the USS Ronald Reagan, formally launching our largest bilateral exercise with USA.

Australia increases commitment to Iraq/Syria

Australia will continue – and increase – its current contribution to support efforts by the US-led Global Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria and support stability and recovery in Iraq.

POSITION VACANT

CONTACT wants an Advertising Sales Manager to manage all advertising matters in our multi-platform, niche-audience publishing business.

New Chief of Air Force welcomed in Canberra

RAAF welcomed its new chief – Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld – during a noisy change-of-command parade in Canberra.

HMAS Newcastle formally decommissioned

Navy celebrated 25 years service by HMAS Newcastle at a decommissioning ceremony at Garden Island in Sydney.

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Gold Card targeted in veteran-support report

The Productivity Commissions report into “A better way to Support Veterans” has been released – targeting DVA, the Gold Card and systems "not fit for purpose".

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Tender to replace 5-year-old eHealth System

ADF is tendering to replace the health-care-delivery system lambasted by the ANAO for late delivery and costing six times its original budget.

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WA Indo-Pacific Defence Conference

Senior government officials, leaders from industry and the Western Australian SME sector will gather at a special conference next month to discuss issues and opportunities for WA defence.

General David Hurley sworn in as GG

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) has been formally sworn in as Australia’s 27th Governor-General.

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