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RAAF Change of Command flypast

– special sight over Canberra next Wednesday

A flypast by the aircraft types accepted into RAAF service during the tenure of the outgoing Chief of Air Force will feature at the RAAF Change of Command parade on Wednesday 3 July.

Chester fudging figures on MyService

In the world of ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’, I think to claim 75,000 veterans registered with MyService are 'accessing assistance' is a stretch, when only 50,000 claims have been made.


Aussies honoured in Vietnam

Australian ex-pats in Vung Tau – some of whom served at the time – were invited by members of 33E Regiment NVA to attend 50th anniversary remembrance of the Battle of Binh Ba.


Ballarat seizes suspected arms shipment

HMAS Ballarat has conducted a boarding of a dhow in international waters in the Arabian Sea, finding, seizing and destroying a cargo believed to be destined to arm terrorists.


US/Aussie techs allowed to fix other’s C-17s

The US and Australia have agreed a cross-servicing arrangement to repair and maintain each others C-17A Globemaster aircraft.

Tonga gifted Guardian-class patrol boat

A new Guardian-class patrol boat, built by Austal, has been gifted to the Kingdom of Tonga at a ceremony in Western Australia.

Aussie air-defence-components contract let

Kongsberg has been awarded a contract by Raytheon Australia worth $270milion to deliver components for Australia’s National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System.

Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit 

A Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit was held at Parliament House last week, to discuss improving services and support to those who have served in the ADF.

5-year health checks for discharging ADF

From 1 July, all ADF personnel leaving full-time service will be able to access a fully-funded GP health check every year for the first five years.

Don Spinks heads Repatriation Commission

Major General Mark Kelly has passed the Repatriation Commissioner mantle to former RSM-A Don Spinks.

Veterans wanted for assistance-dog trial

A second cohort of assistance-dog-trial puppies will soon be recruited at La Trobe University and suitable Melbourne-based veterans are being sought for the trial.


12-visit referral requirement deferred

The requirement for veterans to get a new GP referral after every 12 health-care specialist appointments, which was supposed to start on 1 July, has been deferred until 1 October.

HMAS Success decommissioned

HMAS Success was ceremonially decommissioned at Garden Island, Sydney on 29 June after 33 years of service.


Minister refutes media reports re VC travel

Media suggestions that travel entitlements for Victoria Cross recipients were about to be axed are false according to Darren Chester.


20 warships to visit Brisbane

During June and July, Brisbane will host more than 20 military ships as an off-shoot of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.


Cold/sunny for 2019 winter Duntroon grads

Seventy-one Australian Army staff cadets marched out in the 134th graduating class from RMC, alongside 13 foreign staff cadets.

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