Joint Statement - Report released - Findings of the Inquest into the Death of Jesse Bird

Joint Statement - Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Today, the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs received the Report of the Victorian Coroner, Coroner Jacqui Hawkins of the Findings of the Inquest into the Death of Jesse Bird.

Joint Statement - Report released - Findings of the Inquest into the Death of Jesse Bird 2020/04/07 10:46

ADF completes first mission against illegal fishing for 2020

The Australian Defence Force has contributed to the ongoing fight against illegal fishing in the Southwest Pacific through the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Operation RAI BALANG.

A Royal Australian Air Force B300 King Air and C-27J Spartan, and the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Maryborough deployed in support of the operation, was conducted from 12 to 26 March 2020.

ADF completes first mission against illegal fishing for 2020 2020/04/01 08:54

2021 RAAF Heritage Awards announced

The RAAF Heritage Awards is a literature competition designed to enhance the records of the Air Force and foster interest in its history and heritage.

In a break from previous years, the 2021 round will seek entries that highlight areas of the Air Force’s history, which have not been thoroughly covered in the past.

The focus will be on Cold War activities and Southeast Asia Treaty Organization involvement, United Nations commitments, and post-war transitions as a period of force regeneration and force rebalance. 

2021 RAAF Heritage Awards announced 2020/03/31 20:32

Champion Shot awarded at Australian Army Skill at Arms Competition

The Australian Army is proud to announce the 2020 Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) Champion Shot of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been awarded to Lance Corporal Nicholas Latham from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

AASAM is an important annual event for Army and the ADF which demonstrates the highest levels of fitness and proficiency at arms.

The competition tests the skills of some of our elite shooters through realistic and challenging scenarios requiring them to demonstrate sound judgement and rapid decision making.

Champion Shot awarded at Australian Army Skill at Arms Competition 2020/03/20 17:16

Army's Tactical Unmanned Aerial System replacement project finalises shortlist

The replacement of the Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) through project LAND 129 Phase 3 has progressed to the tendering process.

Four companies have been selected through an abbreviated Invitation To Register process and will be provided a detailed Request for Tender, to further explore plans and conceptual integration designs.

The four down-selected companies are:

Army's Tactical Unmanned Aerial System replacement project finalises shortlist 2020/03/20 09:14

Statement - Four Corners report

Defence is aware of the serious and disturbing story regarding the conduct of Australian Special Operations personnel in Afghanistan aired on the ABC’s Four Corners, 16 March 2020. 

The Australian Army soldier referred to as ‘Soldier C’ in the Four Corners program has today been identified and suspended from duty. 

The Australian Defence Force conducts its operations under strict rules of engagement and promotes a culture of ethical and lawful behaviour. These rules and cultural norms are enforced according Defence’s obligations under Australian and international law.

Statement - Four Corners report 2020/03/19 21:09

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