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Major changes to Army-recruit training

Hand-to-hand fighting and combat-focused marksmanship now feature on the revised Army recruit course at Kapooka, with slow marching and some navigation dropped. Fitness requirements also changed.

About those Chinese warships in Sydney

Much was said about three Chinese warships that sailed into Sydney Harbour lrecently – most of which was about our own government not saying anything to forewarn us.

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Breaking news? or Breaking trust!

If a story is presented as 'news' on 22 May, with no date included, and we later find out the event happened on 26 February – how much trust can we put in future 'news' items from that source?

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Timor Awakening – a personal account

I was selected to be part of the Timor Awakening programme or 'TAT’, as it became known – a personal account by Rod Hilliker.

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Hobart's Aegis Combat System ‘light off’

Lockheed Martin said this was the first time an Aegis ‘light off’ activity has been planned, coordinated and delivered by an Australian-led workforce.

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Aussie tanker back on operations

An Australian KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft has recommenced operations in the Middle East.

New drug bust – Defence shy on specifics

HMAS Ballarat seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days, but Defence gave no specifics on weights or values.

Tiger helicopter hits power lines

An Oakey-based Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) with a crew of two made an emergency landing in south-east Queensland this week after hitting power lines.

Iraqi Army training hits milestone
– NZ puts date on withdrawal

The Iraqi Army School of Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer II hit Initial Operating Capability ahead of schedule – and New Zealand announced its withdrawal date – this week.

Cosgrove’s last stand –
Trooping the Queen’s Colour

Reviewing Officer the annual Trooping of the Queen's Colour at RMC-Duntroon was the final military parade in uniform for General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia,  before he retires later this month.

5RAR presented new Colours by GG

The Top End community witnessed a rare event on 1 June with the presentation of new Colours for the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

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Oz, Jap, US tri-lateral exercise wraps up

More than 700 ADF, United States Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers and marines wrapped up a two week exercise in Shoalwater Bay recently.

Two ships home for last time

Two Adelaide-class warships returned home from overseas deployments recently – the last for both before decommissioning...

HMAS Melbourne –and– HMAS Newcastle

New Zealand to replace 50-year-old Hercules

New Zealand has selected the C-130J-30 Super Hercules to replace its C-130H fleet – three of which were the first of their type off the production line in 1965!

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1 Armd Regt marks Battle of Binh Ba 50th

To commemorate the Battle of Binh Ba, current troop leaders, tank crewmen and RAEME from B Sqn, 1 Armd Regt, presented a case study on the battle to other members of the regiment.

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New RSL National President

The RSL has a new national president – Major General Greg Melick – with President of the ACT Branch John King elected Deputy President.

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