News Update by CSO (AE) at Albatross

The first quarter of 2017 seems to have flown by pretty quickly and I thought it would be a good time to update you all on some branch related issues.
 
Firstly, and probably of most interest to the serving engineering community is some changes in the organisation driven mostly by the numerous changes in the FAA and the way that we have set our governance […]

FAA Centenary Dinner/Dance May 17

Early photos of the FAA Centenary Dinner Dance held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum on 20 May 2017, to celebrate the one hundred years elapsed since the RAN first operated an aircraft at sea.  Our thanks go to COMFAA and his team and Terry Hetherington (manager of the FAAM) for a truly stunning evening to commemorate this special event. 

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NSW Premier Seeks Korean War Veterans for Reception

Each year since 2003 the NSW Premier has hosted a reception at Government House to thank veterans for their service in the Korean War. This year the reception will be held on 22 July 2017.

It is a wonderful opportunity for veterans to come together, to reflect on the bonds of mateship that held them together during the war, and of […]

Inquiry Into RANHFV Military Honours

MEDIA RELEASE

THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL
MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR CYBER SECURITY
MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE CENTENARY OF ANZAC

INQUIRY INTO MILITARY HONOURS 
Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has asked for an investigation into the issue of unit recognition for service with the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (the RANHFV), and […]

Tribunal’s Report Regarding RANHFV Awards

On 02 May 2017 the Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal released its report in regard to awards granted to the then SBLTs Michael PERROTT, Robert KYLE, and Andrew PERRY for the actions they were involved in whilst serving with the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam in the period 1969-1970.  
The Tribunal’s recommendations are as follows:

SBLT Michael Perrott. The decision by the Chief of Navy […]

China Launches First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier
April 26, 2017 by Reuters
Original article here.

 

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017. REUTERS/StringerxBy Michael Martina BEIJING, April 26 (Reuters) – China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in […]

5 Squadron Reunion

Good Morning,

I am coordinating a reunion for ex members of 5 Squadron RAAF in Canberra in October this year. During my time at 5 there were quite a few RAN Personnel that came and went. I served with a number of RAN guys in Ismailia in 1978. The reunion is only open to those RAN members that served with 5 […]

Navy Responds to LHD Press Reports

Deputy Chief of Navy – On the Record
Published on 25 April 2017 RADM Michael Noonan (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer).  Navy Daily.

HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East

Deputy Chief of Navy has responded to an article in the Daily Telegraph about maintenance and operability of the Canberra class amphibious ships.

The article by Mr Matthew Benns in the Daily Telegraph, “What a ship fight” […]

MATV Sycamore Completes Sea Trials

MARITIME & ANTISUB

20 APRIL 2017

By: Amelia McMahon

Dutch defence and shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group has announced the successful completion of sea trials of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) new Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore.

Following on from the final vessel handover, Damen said MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties for the RAN.
In addition to the more […]

Minister Visits New HATS Facility at HMAS Albatross

March 2017. The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP, recently visited HMAS Albatross to receive briefings on the $157 million development of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), and improvements to 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross.

As part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System HATS will provide streamlined initial pilot training […]