• Department of Defence News and Media Australia and New Zealand on key readiness exercise 24 November 2015 | Media Release Australian Defence Force personnel have deployed across the ditch to New Zealand for Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO, a stability and security exercise using amphibious forces. The bilateral exercise involved approximately 150
    Date: 24/11/2015 - Collection: Media - ID: media/pressrel/4216231 - Source: DEPT OF DEFENCE - Author: Dept of Defence

  • Chief of the Defence Force congratulates Australian Business Woman of the Year 19 November 2015 | Media Release Two of the Australian Defence Force’s most outstanding leaders were recognised at the 2015 Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards overnight.   Captain Mona Shindy RAN was named Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and shared the Government and Academia Award with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner, Katarina Carroll.   In a career spanning more than 25 years, Captain Shindy has served as a warship weapons engineer and led technical support teams. But it was her work in leading complex procurement projects for major Defence assets including patrol boats and littoral warfare equipment as well as her leadership on cultural change that earned Captain Shindy the accolade.   The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, congratulated Captain Shindy on her awards.   “This is an outstanding achievement in an already distinguished career,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.   “Captain Shindy is highly regarded in the engineering community and has proven herself to be an exceptional leader who represents the finest qualities and traditions of the Australian Defence Force.”   The Australian Army was also represented in the finals with Brigadier Georgeina​  Whelan, director­general of the Defence Department’s Garrison Health Operations, named the 2015 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year.   “Brigadier Whelan and Captain Shindy have made a substantial contribution to the ADF in their respective fields.   “To have two ADF members among the distinguished list of finalists demonstrates the caliber of our people.   “They are an inspiration, not just to women, but to all ADF personnel.”     Media contact: 
    Date: 19/11/2015 - Collection: Media - ID: media/pressrel/4204392 - Source: DEPT OF DEFENCE - Author: Dept of Defence

  • Royal Australian Navy exercise with the People’s Liberation Army - Navy 2 November 2015 | Media Release The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) conducted a port visit and naval exercise with the People’s Liberation Army - Navy (PLA­N) in Zhanjiang, China during the period 31 October to 2 November.   The port visit by HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta to Zhanjiang included a combined planning session for the exercise, official functions with local dignitaries, sporting activities, discussions on the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, and other mariner skills training.   The visit concluded today (2 November) with a combined exercise involving joint search and rescue training, tactical evolutions, communications drills, and a live fire activity.   Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC said the professional and cultural exchanges included in the visit will strengthen Australia’s defence ties with China.   “The conduct of these activities between navies is the oldest form of international diplomacy and is fundamental in developing our understanding and cooperation between the RAN and the PLA­N.”   It builds on previous visits RAN ships have made to China in 2010, 2012 and 2014 including when HMAS Warramunga conducted the first live fire activity between the RAN and the PLA­N in 2010.   Australia is committed to maintaining strong and positive defence relations with China, and the Australian Defence Force works with the People’s Liberation Army to build mutual understanding and facilitate transparency.   The visit to China is part of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) routine regional engagement activities in both North and South East Asia. HMA Ships Stuart, Arunta and Sirius are participating in the deployment, which also includes exercises and port visits to the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.   The ADF has a long history of engagement throughout Asia and regularly conducts such activities as part of its broad regional engagement program.   Media note: Imagery of the port visit is available at  http://images.defence.gov.au/S20153098  Imagery of the combined exercise will be available on 3 November 2015.  Media contacts: 
    Date: 02/11/2015 - Collection: Media - ID: media/pressrel/4175349 - Source: DEPT OF DEFENCE - Author: Dept of Defence

  • Australian and New Zealand trained Iraqi Army NCOs ready for Daesh 23 September 2015 | Media Release Subscribe to our RSS Feed (http://news.defence.gov.au/feed/) About 200 Task Group Taji trained Iraqi Army (IA) soldiers graduated from the Taji Military Complex Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy northwest of Baghdad this week.   Drawn from about 50 IA battalions, the graduates received instruction
    Date: 23/09/2015 - Collection: Media - ID: media/pressrel/4094137 - Source: DEPT OF DEFENCE - Author: Dept of Defence

  • Task Group Taji - Australian and New Zealand trained Iraqi Army Brigade ready to fight Daesh 30 June 2015 | Media Release -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The combined Australian-New Zealand Task Group’s first regular Iraqi Army trainees have graduated. More than 700 soldiers from the 16th Division’s 76th Iraqi Army Brigade have spent
    Date: 30/06/2015 - Collection: Media - ID: media/pressrel/3923627 - Source: DEPT OF DEFENCE - Author: Dept of Defence