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19 Nov 2017 A mystery in a bottle returned
The HMAS Sydney IV whisky retrieval story has added a new chapter, with an Australian Navy memento being presented to members of the ship’s American build team.  Shipbuilders the world over take great pride in the ships they produce and the team at Todd Shipyards are no exception.  Unbeknownst to the Australian Navy, when the main mast of the ship was assembled in 1982 a group of workers, led by Alex Otero, placed a bottle of Canadian Whisky and a silver dollar inside the mast, hoping to bring the ship good luck.  It worked.  During her 32 years in commission Sydney completed two global circumnavigations as well as serving in operational theatres and training hundreds of officers and sailors.  More.....
18 Nov 2017 U.S. Navy sending search and rescue assets in hunt for missing Argentinian submarine
The U.S. Navy is deploying assets from the San Diego-based Undersea Rescue Command to Argentina to join in the search for the missing Argentinian navy submarine A.R.A. San Juan in the Atlantic Ocean.  According to a Navy news release, a Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and underwater intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and trained personnel were scheduled to leave Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on Saturday, with arrival in Argentina scheduled for Sunday.  The Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) and supporting equipment will be sent separately, to arrive on the scene early next week.  More.....
18 Nov 2017 US Navy P-8A Poseidon to Support Argentina Search for Submarine
U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) directed the U.S. Navy to deploy a P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft to Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Nov. 18, to support the South American nation's ongoing search for the submarine A.R.A. San Juan in the waters of the Southern Atlantic.  The aircraft and its 21-person crew will depart El Salvador's Comalapa Air Base, where it was supporting counter-illicit trafficking maritime patrol operations.  More.....
18 Nov 2017 Royal Navy patrol ship to assist in search for missing Argentine submarine
The Royal Navy's HMS Protector has been deployed to join efforts to find and rescue an Argentine submarine reported missing in the South Atlantic Ocean.  Following a request for assistance from the Argentine Government, the Royal Navy patrol ship immediately changed course from her planned tasking and sailed to join the multi-national efforts to find the missing submarine ARA San Juan.  More.....
17 Nov 2017 Royal Navy divers destroy wartime bomb near major North Sea gas pipe
A Royal Navy minehunter has destroyed a 500lb wartime bomb which was dredged up and then dropped – next to a major North Sea gas pipeline.  HMS Cattistock and a team of expert Royal Navy divers raced to the location 50 miles off the coast of Norfolk after a Dutch trawlerman hauled the air-dropped Second World War device onto the deck of his vessel caught in fishing nets.  More.....
17 Nov 2017 A first time honour for the Royal Navy
Sailors from across Royal Navy are preparing for the honour of guarding Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family for the first time ever.  Drill instructors from the Army’s Guards Division have been working closely with the Royal Navy’s ceremonial instructors, as preparations at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth are under way for what will be a first for the Senior Service as they prepare to guard at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.  More.....
17 Nov 2017 Argentine Navy launches search for missing submarine ARA San Juan
The Argentine Navy has launched a search mission for diesel-electric submarine ARA San Juan after losing contact with it on Wednesday, November 15.  According to Argentine media reports, the diesel-electric submarine ARA San Juan was last seen off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Southern Argentina, where the navy had been staging an integrated exercise.  More.....
17 Nov 2017 Naming Our New Royal Australian Navy Support Ships
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the names of the Royal Australian Navy’s future support ships.  The new fleet replenishment ships will be named Supply and Stalwart.  Supply will be the second vessel in the Royal Australian Navy to bear the name that has its origins with the armed tender ship that accompanied the First Fleet to Australia.  Stalwart is being named after two previous Australian Navy vessels, one a destroyer that served between 1920 and 1925 and the second destroyer tender served from 1968 to 1990.  More.....
16 Nov 2017 UK defense ministry announces HMS Queen Elizabeth commissioning date
Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is to be commissioned by the Queen in a ceremony on December 7, the UK defense ministry announced.  UK’s new defense secretary Gavin Williams made the announcement as he visitedthe carrier on Thursday, while at sea, sailing on trials around the south coast of England.  More.....
16 Nov 2017 Newcastle’s operations complete
HMAS Newcastle has rounded out her busy six-month deployment to the Middle East, completing some ‘firsts’ and ‘lasts’ for Australian Navy ships in the region.  She conducted a range of Combined Maritime Forces operations, including an attachment in support of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, and trialled emerging naval capabilities.  Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Sirois said the deployment included many highlights.  “During our attachment to the US 5th Fleet and USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group we conducted escort operations and a range of manoeuvres with US Navy ships,” he said.  More.....
16 Nov 2017 US, Japan kick off their premier naval exercise in Pacific
Ships from the US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on November 16 started the 2017 edition of their bilateral maritime field training exercise simply dubbed ‘Annual Exercise’.  During the ten days of evolutions, Japanese and American forces will increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of through training in air and sea operations.  More.....
13 Nov 2017 U.S. Air Force could face record lawsuits over mass shooting
The Air Force faces many millions of dollars in potential liability for the mass shooting at a small-town church in Texas earlier this month by a former service member, legal experts say.  “I think it’s almost inevitable that the Air Force will be sued,” said retired Lt. Gen. Richard Harding, former judge advocate general of the service.  “And I think there’s a case that can be made, you bet.”  If lawsuits against the Air Force were successful, said Don Christensen, the service’s former top prosecutor, the damages could be huge.  More.....
12 Nov 2017 U.S. Navy Three Carrier Formation in Western Pacific Ocean
The US Navy has shared video footage of its much anticipated Western Pacific exercise where, for the first time in ten years, three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers exercised and sailed together.
11 Nov 2017 $500,000 grant to help find HMAS AE1
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the Government would match private investment to fund an expedition to search for the First World War submarine, HMAS AE1.  Minister Payne said the government would provide $500,000 to allow Find AE1 Limited to proceed in its attempt to find the submarine and its crew.  “HMAS AE1 is one of the world’s great maritime mysteries and this expedition will be one of the most comprehensive searches for the submarine,” Minister Payne said.  More.....
11 Nov 2017 Upgrades underway at HMAS Stirling
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Senator for Western Australia Slade Brockman today welcomed the commencement of the $367 million redevelopment of Western Australian naval base HMAS Stirling.  Minister Payne and Senator Brockman attended a sod-turning ceremony to officially mark the commencement of construction, which will deliver upgraded infrastructure and services to support Navy’s operations in the Indian Ocean.  “HMAS Stirling is one of Australia’s most important naval bases and this investment will modernise essential infrastructure such as the wharves, power, water and security systems,’’ Minister Payne said.  More.....
10 Nov 2017 A final bid to save the world's rarest porpoise ends in heartbreak
When dozens of top marine mammal experts and conservationists gathered in Mexico's Sea of Cortez last month for a last-ditch rescue effort, they knew their mission was risky.  They were there to catch some of the world's last 30 vaquitas, in a bid to save the small porpoises by breeding them in captivity. Live capture had never been done before, and no one knew how the animals would cope with the stress.  It didn't go well.  More.....
10 Nov 2017 UK eyeing Australian CEAFAR radar for future warships
The UK defense ministry is considering the use of an Australian-developed radar on future Royal Navy ships.  The announcement was made by UK under secretary of state for defense procurement, Harriet Baldwin during her visit to Adelaide on Friday.  Baldwin said the UK would conduct a capability study to fit the CEA Technologies built ‘CEAFAR’ radar to British ships and it will begin early next year.  The radar is already in-service with the Australian Navy.  More.....
09 Nov 2017 Well deserved break for Waller
Spending 106 days away from home, with 75 days underway and many of those underwater, is something Australian Navy submariners take in their stride, but keeping a boat at sea takes some special skills.  HMAS Waller was recently able to achieve an ambitious program without losing a single day at sea thanks largely to her high performing Marine Engineering department.   Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Wesley North, said he was extremely proud of his team.  More.....
08 Nov 2017 JOINT COMMUNIQUE - Veterans’ Ministers' meeting
The second Roundtable of Ministers responsible for veteran issues has reinforced the need to coordinate effort across all levels of government to ensure the successful transition of those Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel moving from military to civilian life.  Issues discussed at the Roundtable included improved transition, mental health and suicide prevention, improving employment outcomes for veterans, veteran accommodation and assisting veterans who had been incarcerated.  More.....
08 Nov 2017 Australian marines—what would they be good for?
A UK blog, the Thin Pinstriped Line, has produced a piece about the Royal Marines titled ‘The Corps huh, What is it good for?’  Given Australia’s considerable investment in amphibious capability, a discussion about the future of the Royal Marines is relevant to us.  But it needs to recognise that a succession of UK governments have failed to articulate Britain’s national ambitions or a grand strategy to achieve them.  They’ve lacked clarity on the utility of military force, which undermines the ability of the Ministry of Defence to fight its corner against the Treasury and makes internal MoD discussion on force structures largely subjective.  More.....
07 Nov 2017 HANDS OFF OUR ROCK!
Tiny Royal Navy ship ‘chases Spanish gunboat out of Gibraltar waters’ as Spaniards continue to harass The Rock.  HMS Scimitar is said to have intercepted the Infanta Elena off the east coast of the disputed British territory some time this morning.  The patrol boat successfully challenged the Spanish naval vessel in British waters before "shadowing" its movements.  More.....
07 Nov 2017 Australia participates in multilateral maritime interdiction exercise
Over the period 6–7 November 2017, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates, HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne, joined Republic of Korea (ROK) destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju, ROK.  The exercise included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark.  Commander of the Joint Task Group, Captain Jonathan Earley, RAN, said the frigates had completed their visit to the ROK as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 (IPE17) deployment and participated in the exercise en route to their next regional engagement.  More.....
07 Nov 2017 Revival of training capability
A 20-foot shipping container on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, helps the Australian Navy run one of the world’s few remaining shore-to-sea live firing training sites.  Since 1959, West Head Gunnery Range which occupies an area of 16 hectares has provided the Royal Australian Navy with live gunnery training for close range and medium calibre shipborne weapon systems, navigation radar and miscellaneous communications and support equipment.  One of the many systems used for safety during live firings and also training is the Electro-Optical Tracking System.  More.....
07 Nov 2017
Navy League of Australia(Vic-Tas Div)
November newsletter is now available to download..... 
07 Nov 2017

Naval Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Chapter)
President's November Musings are now available to download.....
06 Nov 2017 Navy’s WW1 history on display
One hundred and three years ago, Australia’s first submarine HMAS AE1 disappeared while patrolling the seas near present-day New Guinea.  No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has ever been found.  This story is now being told in a new exhibition at the Queensland Maritime Museum, War at Sea– the Navy in World War I.  The experiences of Australian sailors in the First World War has largely been overshadowed by the stories of soldiers on the Western Front and at Gallipoli.  More.....
03 Nov 2017 Stamped in history - women in war
In the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Australia Post, with the assistance of five proud serving Australian Defence Force women, launched a ‘Women in War’ series of stamps on the steps of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.  Officially issued on 6 October, the stamps are the fourth in a series, which commemorate a century of service since the First World War, and acknowledge the evolving role of women in war and conflict, as well as in peacekeeping efforts.  To mark the launch, a selection of Australian Defence Force members each held a stamp that had some significance to them.  More.....
03 Nov 2017 Australia upgrading Nulka missile decoy with AU$200m boost
The Australian government announced AU$200 million in funding for upgrades to the Australian-developed Nulka anti-ship missile decoy in use by the Australian and ally navies.  Nulka is a rocket propelled active missile decoy designed to entice hostile radio frequency guided anti-ship missiles away from a ship.  Upgrades will include a new launch system and supporting technology to enhance Nulka’s effectiveness.  More.....
03 Nov 2017 HMS Enterprise scans Falklands War wrecks
Royal Navy’s hydrographic survey ship HMS Enterprise recently surveyed the wrecks of Royal Navy ships lost in the Falklands War to mark the 35th anniversary of the South Atlantic conflict.  HMS Coventry was scanned lying with her port side buried in the sea bed.  The separated remains of HMS Antelope, which lie at a 45-degree angle on the bottom of San Carlos Water, and her sister HMS Ardent, which sank in nearby Grantham Sound after being hit by a succession of bombs, were also scanned by Enterprise and her survey launch Spitfire.  More.....
02 Nov 2017 US destroyer collisions in Pacific were avoidable, navy investigations find
The two separate collisions between US Navy destroyers and commercial vessels in the Pacific in which a total of seventeen US Navy sailors lost their lives were preventable, a report released by the navy on November 1 says.  The report details the events and actions that led to the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan June 17, and the collision of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and merchant vessel Alnic MC August 21.  “Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents, said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson. “We must do better.”  More.....
02 Nov 2017 Russian submarine Veliky Novgorod launches more missiles against ISIS from the Mediterranean
Russian Navy submarine Veliky Novgorod has launched more cruise missiles at ISIS positions as the Syrian Democratic Forces on Monday started an offensive on the last ISIS stronghold in Deir ez-Zor.  According to the Russian defense ministry, the fifth Project 636.3 submarine to be built for the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet launched a salvo of Kalibr cruise missiles from a submerged position in the Mediterranean Sea.  More.....
02 Nov 2017 Sailing in-sync with Singapore
As a MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide touched down in a deck landing practice on the flight deck of RSS Supreme, Australia’s interoperability with the Singapore Armed Forces moved to a new level.  Following the deck landing practice, HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin joined with their Singaporean Navy counterparts on Supreme in a passage exercise.  Both Australian ships were in Singapore to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability with counterparts in the Singapore Armed Forces by embarking vehicles and soldiers on board Adelaide.  More.....
01 Nov 2017 US Navy forms Western Pacific fleet readiness oversight body
The US Navy has established a new detachment which will help keep track of unit readiness in the US 7th Fleet.  Detachment (Det) Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (NSGWP), set up by US Pacific Fleet (CPF) Commander Adm. Scott Swift on October 31, will oversee the training and certification of forward deployed surface ships with the authority to determine if a ship is ready for operations.  More.....
01 Nov 2017 Grants support veterans and their communities
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said veterans around Australia would benefit from more than $799,000 in grant funding provided to ex-service organisations for community projects.  Mr Tehan said the latest round of 47 grants under the Veteran and Community Grants program would directly benefit veterans and their families.  “These grants will fund a diverse range of projects and equipment that will help improve life for veterans in their communities, including upgrading facilities, improving venue accessibility and social outings,” Mr Tehan said.  More.....
01 Nov 2017 First Lady in Darwin for final visit
HMAS Darwin has sailed into her namesake port on her final visit after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway.  Following a two month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Australian Navy’s most senior warship stopped into farewell Darwin before she completes her passage to Sydney for decommissioning at the end of the year.  More.....
31 Oct 2017 Australia, South Korea ready for anti-submarine warfare exercise Haedoli Wallaby
Naval assets from Australia and South Korea are ready to kick off the bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise Haedoli Wallaby off the coast of South Korea.  The three-day exercise starts on November 1 and is aimed at demonstrating a shared commitment by Australia and the ROK to regional security and security of the Korean peninsula.  More.....
31 Oct 2017 The Strategist Six:  Greg Sammut
Welcome to The Strategist Six, a feature that provides a glimpse into the thinking of academics, government officials, military officers, reporters and interesting individuals from around the world.
How long will the Collins-class submarines operate and, in retrospect, how should Australians view the Collins program?
The new submarine is entering service from the early 2030s.  The Collins class will be our primary capability into the 2030s.  We’ve always made it clear that it’ll be necessary to extend its life.  More.....
30 Oct 2017 Navy in Action
30 Oct 2017 HMAS Goorangai in Victorian watersHMAS Goorangai March and Commemoration Service
The Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria invite you to the HMAS Goorangai March and Commemoration Service at Queenscliff ocean View Reserve on Sunday 19th November 2017.  Those wishing to attend lunch at the RSL following the service need to book.  Full details and booking form.....
30 Oct 2017 NVN's October Newsletter - download.....
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DVA Mobile Apps

The new Operation Life mobile application is designed to help those at risk deal with suicidal thoughts and is recommended to be used with the support of a clinician.

The High Res (High Resilience) app helps you manage stress, build resilience and optimise performance on the go.

The PTSD Coach Australia app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

ON TRACK with the Right Mix mobile app from the Department of Veterans Affairs helps you to keep track of the number and types of drinks you consume; the amount of money it's costing you and lets you know about the impact the alcohol has on your wellbeing and fitness levels.


Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions
Guide to the assessment of rates of veterans’ pensions (GARP) is used to assess the extent of incapacity from war caused or defence caused injury or disease for the purposes of determining the rate of pension.  Download.....

Planning ahead kit
Overview: Planning Ahead is a publication designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement.  There is also a checklist that can be used to record the contact details of important people, businesses and organisations that may need to be notified in case of your death.  Download.....
 

Anzac Centenary Events
2014 - 2018

The Anzac Centenary (2014 – 2018) will shine a spotlight on the commitment and sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.

Across Victoria, there will be a number of commemorative events marking key dates throughout the Centenary.


Should you wish to register an event, go to the Anzac Centenary website.