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Iraqi Air Force F-16 jet fighters have blasted across the sky over the Iraqi Desert at the Besmaya Range Complex west of Baghdad to engage ground targets as part of the Iraqi Forward Air Controller Course (IFAC) run by Task Group Taji. Selected students from across the Iraqi Army conducted live-fire practices, including coordinated precision air to...

The Australian Defence Force’s Joint Task Force 629 has graduated its first class of Filipino soldiers through a new Urban Close Combat training course run by a deployed Land Mobile Training Team as part of Operation Augury-Philippines. Operation Augury is a domestic and international counter terrorism and counter violent extremism effort by the...

The hard working volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts have wowed HMAS Newcastle’s crew with their hand-made quilts and laundry bags – literally covering the ship from bow to stern. HMAS Newcastle’s Chaplain, Cornelius Bosch, managed the orders for Newcastle on behalf of Aussie Hero Quilts and said the ship’s company deeply appreciated the hard work...

Over the period 13–24 November 2017, 44 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel and a C-27J Spartan transport aircraft will participate in Exercise MHANUU 2017 in New Caledonia. MHANUU is hosted by the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC) and involves rehearsing regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) scenarios. As...

Australian Defence Force personnel at home and abroad will pause on the 99th anniversary of the Armistice today, in memory of all those who have died in all wars. Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin attended the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial where Australia’s Federation Guard and the Royal...

Defence officials and representatives from seven Pacific nations attended the Women in Pacific Forces Seminar in Canberra this week. The seminar focused on the importance of female participation in conflict prevention, management and resolution, and integrating a gender perspective into capability planning. The seminar’s theme was the practical...

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,...

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 (IPE17) has provided an opportunity for the Australian Defence Force and International Policy Division to integrate two policy advisors on the Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship HMAS Adelaide. Lisa Chadderton and Matt Wong shared periods of the deployment which covered regional engagement with Timor-Leste, Indonesia,...

The Enhanced F88 (EF88), the ADF’s new service rifle has just completed its first full operational deployment, winning the confidence and praise of deployed personnel. Taken by Task Group Taji 5 troops to Iraq as part of Operation Okra, the EF88 has proven itself in the extreme heat and the harsh dusty conditions of Iraq without issue. Major...

Today the Australian Army hosted its fourth consecutive annual Innovation Day at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Novel Weapons and Novel Effects’. This year’s event comprised 19 companies from Australia, the United States, Europe and Israel presenting 25 industry proposals. The Australian...