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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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