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Billions to upgrade Australian special forces

The government has announced a major funding package for the Australian Army’s special forces – with $500million available now from $3billion over 20 years.

PM's ‘new’ Middle East mission (?)

Did the Prime Minister actually announce anything ‘new’ when he announced a 'new' deployment to the Middle East?

Sir Jeffrey's thoughts...

Sus research on Vietnam Veterans’ Day

CONTACT calls out Veterans' minister on apparent preference for Wikipedia battle stats over AWM stats re Vietnam Veterans' Day.


Movie review – Danger Close

Fifty-three years ago, 108 Anzacs ran headlong into an enemy force of some 2000 battle-hardened North Vietnamese – and won.


Still no delivery date on Covenant/Lapel Pin

CONTACT is often asked “where’s my bloody lapel pin”, as if we were responsible for delivery. So, we asked DVA for an update.


Defence explains MRH-90 tail rotor issue

Following the fleet-wide grounding of the ADF’s MRH-90 helicopters last month, CONTACT asked Defence for an explanation of what went wrong and a progress update on rectification.


Aussie Tigers unaffected by German issue

Defence told CONTACT that while Australian ARH Tigers do contain some of the same bolts that recently grounded the German Tiger fleet, the ADF had assessed the risk as very low.

HMAS Hobart’s first missile launch at home

HMAS Hobart has become the first Hobart-class guided missile destroyer to fire a missile in Australian waters.

King Air, Spartan on Pacific fisheries patrol

ADF personnel are assisting the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency to protect resources within their economic exclusion zones.

Aussie engineers building Fiji army camp

ADF engineers are working with Royal Fijian Military Forces and local contractors to build a military training facility in Fiji.

Sappers in Timor for sixth Hari’i Hamutuk

Army engineers have arrived in Timor-Leste for a multilateral exercise to exchange trade-skills and support the growth of Timor-Leste’s defence capability.

Samoa accepts Guardian-class patrol boat

A Guardian-class patrol boat built under the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project was formally gifted to Samoa at Henderson, WA.


First contract using govt defence export loan

Canberra based defence company CEA Technologies has signed a $90 million loan agreement under the government’s Defence Export Facility.


AACAP 2019 wound up

The remote East Pilbara community of Jigalong in Western Australia farewelled the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme 2019.


Spartan shines at Brisbane Aviation Expo

The Royal Australian Air Force conducted live demonstrations of Air Force capabilities at the 2019 Brisbane Aviation Expo.

Kiwi Orion rescues man overboard

New Zealand’s P-3K2 Orion that located a burnt Chinese fishing vessel was re-tasked the next day to find a crewman overboard.

Submariner praised for innovative lodgings

Warrant Officer Marine Technician – Submariner Paul Ross was commended for inventing a novel guest-accomodation for submarine visitors.

Brendan Nelson retiring from AWM

A nationwide search for a new director of the Australian War Memorial is underway after Brendan Nelson announced he's retiring.

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