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Operation Highroad Dawn Service
27 Apr 2017
On Anzac Day, we remember not only the original Anzacs who died on 25 April 1915, but every one of our Australian service men and women who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by all of our past and present service men and women who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country. The Anzac spirit lives in the heart and minds of all Australians as we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who contributed so much in shaping the identity of this proud nation. Approximately 2350 ADF members are currently deployed on operations, continuing the Anzac spirit whilst serving Australia’s national interests at home and in many countries around the world.
Anzac Day service in Bullecourt, France
26 Apr 2017
Anzac Day service commemorating the centenary of the battles of Bullecourt. On Anzac Day, we remember not only the original Anzacs who died on 25 April 1915, but every one of our service men and women who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. ANZAC Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by all of our past and present service men and women who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country. The Anzac spirit lives in the heart and minds of all Australians as we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who contributed so much in shaping the identity of this proud nation. Approximately 2350 ADF members are currently deployed on operation, continuing the Anzac spirit whilst serving Australia’s national interests at home and in many countries around the world.
Gallipoli Dawn Service
25 Apr 2017
The ADF supports Gallipoli commemorative services with catafalque and flag parties to provide the ceremonial honours. The responsibility for ceremonies on the Gallipoli Peninsula rests with Australia's Federation Guard, who will provide a ceremonial contingent for Anzac Day services.
Anzac Day march in Sydney
25 Apr 2017
Anzac Day march in Sydney. Anzac Day is the day we commemorate the service of all men and women who have served in the Australian Defence Force and remember those who have made the supreme sacrifice. It is a time to reflect on Australia’s commitment to war efforts and peacekeeping missions and recognise those Australians who have and will bring stability to the world, defend our sovereignty and protect our prosperity. It is a tradition that started in Gallipoli, not only with the landings at Anzac Cove where Navy was first in and last out but with the brave exploits of HMAS AE2 in the Dardanelles and HMAS AE1 in New Guinea. It continued through the Second World War including the Navy’s most costly year which was in 1942, where we suffered heavy casualties in the Battle of the Coral Sea and Sunda Strait. Wrapped up in the name Anzac is our deep connection with our allies, New Zealand. It is representative of our strong relationships we have around the globe with like-minded countries who seek peace and prosperity, freedom and liberty. Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by all or out past and present serve men and women who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country. Approximately 2350 ADF members are currently deployed on operations, continuing the Anzac spirit while serving Australia's national interests at home and many countries around the world.
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Bibbulmun Track Adventure Training21 Apr 2017Kalamunda - in the Perth hills, was the muster-point for fresh legs participating in a ‘relay of resilience’ on the Bibbulmun Track - the long distance walk trail in Western Australia. Between April and June, around 100 Navy personnel from Western Australia based units will undertake a staged Adventure Training (AT) activity to walk the 1002km Bibbulmun Track from start to finish.21 Apr 2017
HMAS Choules offloading troops and equipment11 Apr 2017HMAS Choules offloading troops and equipment. Amphibious ship HMAS Choules has arrived in the vicinity of the Keppel Islands to commence the offload of troops, vehicles and equipment to Yeppoon, Central Queensland. More than 850 tonnes of heavy equipment and disaster relief stores are bound for Rockhampton to assist the Queensland government and local authorities in flood relief operations, if and when requested. HMAS Choules will offload elements of the Australian Army’s 6th Engineer Support Regiment and supporting units including transport, medical and communications via LCM8 Landing craft from 35th Water Transport Squadron.11 Apr 2017
HMAS Choules loaded for OP Queensland Assist29 Mar 2017Troops, vehicles and equipment from the Australian Army’s 17th Construction Squadron, 6th Engineer Support Regiment and supporting units embark in amphibious ship HMAS Choules in the Port of Brisbane. HMAS Choules is on her way to cyclone ravaged North Queensland following the category four Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie that struck the North East Coast of Australia on Tuesday the 28th of March 2017.29 Mar 2017
Ex Ocean Explorer End of Exercise15 Mar 2017Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17 (OE 17) is a major Fleet training activity led by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and jointly-enabled by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and other nations’ forces. The maritime exercise is one of the largest iterations of the exercise held in the West Australian Exercise Area (WAXA). OE 17 will be conducted over the period 13 Feb – 10 Mar 17 with the primary aim of conducting high-end war-fighting training.15 Mar 2017
Adventure Training Award13 Apr 2017Around 140 Australian Army cadets from around Australia are competing for the Adventure Training Award badge, considered to be one of the ultimate awards a cadet can receive, with a week of vigorous activities at Majura Training Range, near Canberra, from 8-15 April 2017. Throughout the week the cadets will trek around 100 kilometres across the country using their navigation skills during which they will be tested in various initiative incidents and have to undergo complex tasks. The training provides opportunities for cadets to work in a team environment and to develop individual skills including leadership, initiative, and problem-solving in a safe, challenging and fun environment. The Australian Army Cadets is a leading national youth development organisation, with the character and values of the Australian Army, founded on a strong community partnership, fostering and supporting an ongoing interest in the Australian Army.13 Apr 2017
Australian Army help restore Rockhampton Airport12 Apr 2017Australian Army help restore Rockhampton Airport. Following a request by the Rockhampton Disaster Coordination Cell, the Australian Army's 17th Construction Squadron, 6th Engineer Support Regiment has provided assistance to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services remove flood barriers at Rockhampton Airport. More than 80 personnel, 43 vehicles and heavy equipment from the 6th Engineer Support Regiment were landed ashore at Keppel Bay Marina by via 35th Water Transport Squadron landing craft (LCM8) working seamlessly with amphibious ship HMAS Choules.12 Apr 2017
Deployed in Iraq on World Health Day06 Apr 2017Corporal Levi Stripp is delivering medical training to Iraqi Security Forces. As Iraq continues its fight against the Daesh terrorist group, Corporal Stripp’s work is helping the Iraqis to care for battlefield casualties and save lives. Defence Force personnel from Australia and New Zealand are training members of the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. They are deployed on active service to Iraq as part of Task Group Taji 4. The training includes: the laws of armed conflict, weapons handling, first aid, vehicle checkpoints, explosive hazards awareness, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques. Instruction is inclusive of tactics, techniques and procedures from squad through to company-level operations for use in the fight against Daesh.06 Apr 2017
North-West Mobile Force05 Apr 2017North-West Mobile Force. The Australian Army’s North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) is a Regional Force Surveillance Unit that conducts surveillance, reconnaissance and community engagement across remote areas in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. NORFORCE operates over 1.8 million km2 of country stretching from Broome to Groote Eylandt and Darwin to Alice Springs. NORFORCE patrols operate with the latest military technology, including global positioning systems (GPS), night fighting equipment (NFE) and communication equipment and technologies.05 Apr 2017
Air Force heroes commemorated in Rushworth21 Mar 2017The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, and the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, had the honour of joining the Rushworth RSL and community members to commemorate local Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force heroes at a Centenary of Anzac 2014 - 2018 event in Rushworth, Victoria on Monday 20 March 2017. The Chief of Air Force and descendants of Air Vice-Marshal Frank McNamara and Air Marshal Sir George Jones unveiled two new memorials, arranged by the Rushworth RSL to commemorate these two local heroes who both spent their childhood in the town.21 Mar 2017
Exercise Cope North 201720 Mar 2017Exercise COPE NORTH 17 (CN17) is a Commander Pacific Air Forces sponsored multilateral field training exercise involving the United States Air Force (USAF), Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). CN17 involves large force employment Air Combat Exercise with Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics and a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) exercise phase. Held from 15th February to 3rd March 2017 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, an Air Task Group from the RAAF involving F/A-18A Hornet, E-7A Wedgetail, C-130J Hercules aircraft as well as combat support and medical elements have deployed for the Exercise. CN17 involves over 2000 personnel and approximately 100 aircraft and aims to increase the combat readiness and interoperability of the USAF, JASDF and RAAF.20 Mar 2017
RAAF mentoring Afghan counterparts in Kabul06 Mar 2017Ten Royal Australian Air Force members are embedded at Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) providing mentoring support to their Afghan Air Force counterparts in Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 270 personnel for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed on Operation HIGHROAD as part of Australia’s commitment to the NATO led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.06 Mar 2017
F-35A Lightning arrives in Australia03 Mar 2017The F-35 Lightning was officially launched at the Avalon Airshow on the 3rd of March 2017. The Australian Defence Force is proud to be part of the 2017 Australian International Airshow, with displays showcasing the latest military aviation assets and technology.03 Mar 2017