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Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Super Hornets have flown the Australian Air Task Group’s final strike mission over Iraq. Australian F/A-18 Hornets have conducted continuous operations in Iraq since their first mission in October 2014, flying more than 2,700 sorties over 21,000 flying hours. Operating within a US-led Global Coalition, and at...

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga seized 111 kilograms of heroin valued at $33 million during operations in the Arabian Sea on 7 January 2018. This is the third successful interdiction for Warramunga in the past fortnight, taking the ship’s total seizures to more than 11.5 tonnes of hashish and 180 kilograms of heroin and a total...

The Department of Defence has released the Interim Human Health Risk Assessment (IHHRA) Report for RAAF Base Tindal. The key findings of the IHHRA were presented at a community engagement event in December 2017. The assessment was conducted as part of the detailed environmental investigation into per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on, and...

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga, with support from a UK Royal Navy helicopter, seized more than 3.5 tonnes of illicit narcotics during a night-time operation in the Arabian Sea on 3 January 2018 at around 0830 AEDT. Warramunga intercepted and boarded suspect vessel, under the direction of the Combined Maritime Forces’ (CMF)...

Reports claiming that Defence is unprepared for possible future challenges are misinformed. Defence has sufficient fuel storage and munition holdings to meet its current needs. We also have access to additional fuel through existing arrangements with commercial suppliers and our international partners to meet surge requirements. Preparedness is a...

Australian Department of Defence

 •  December 30, 2017

The crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga have spent the Christmas season hard at work, spending nearly three days seizing almost eight tonnes of hashish and 69 kilograms of heroin from drug smugglers while conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea. Warramunga intercepted and boarded three suspect vessels...

Australian Department of Defence

 •  December 19, 2017

The sound of an alarm at Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield is a trigger that gets Chief Petty Officer (CPO) medic Sarah Hall’s blood pumping. The warnings sound when insurgents fire rockets or mortar rounds at the base. “Those alarms get the heart racing, particularly if you hear the rocket flying overhead,” she said. “As soon as we hear those alarms...

Australian Department of Defence

 •  December 19, 2017

Around 1,880 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel serving their nation on operations overseas will celebrate Christmas away from their families and friends this year. ADF personnel are deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, the broader Middle East Region and South Sudan, as well as in our northern waters, as part of Australia's ongoing commitment to...

Australian Department of Defence

 •  December 17, 2017

Festive cheer has been delivered to West Pacific island communities by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during Operation Christmas Drop. The Operation, based out of Guam between 7–15 December 2017, saw 120 bundle loads delivered to 54 drop zones by five Hercules transport aircraft from the United States Pacific Air Forces, Japan Air...

Australian Department of Defence

 •  December 14, 2017

Over 260 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra today, prepared to serve our nation with distinction. The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, (Retd) was joined by the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon...