Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) while Royal Australian Navy LHD landing craft wait to escort them on July 18, 2016. US Navy Photo
ABOARD USS AMERICA, NEAR HAWAII – As the head of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 amphibious task force progresses through the exercise, the New Zealander works from an office aboard an American ship filled with Australians, Indonesians and other personnel from the across the Pacific.
And for Commodore James Gilmour, that’s just how Pacific operations should be. Read More
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin (FFG-04) in 2013.
Australia has placed significant emphasis on enhancing its maritime capabilities in its long-delayed 2016 Defence White Paper amidst an overall surge in the country’s defense spending, while warning that China’s policies and actions will have a major impact on the stability of the Indo-Pacific in the coming decades. Read More
Collins-class attack boats HMAS Dechaineux leads HMAS Waller and HMAS Sheean in formation in Cockburn Sound, near Rockingham Western Australia in 2013. RAN Photo
New submarines, frigates and offshore patrol vessels will be at the top of Australia’s list to modernize its military capabilities, its former defense minister told the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday. Read More
An artist’s conception of the Hobart-class guided missile destroyer
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The consortium building three air warfare destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy has provided an update on the construction of the ships, as well as an overview on the lessons learned from the delays and cost overruns that have plagued the program. Read More
Australian Lockheed Martin MH-60R helicopters. Commonwealth of Australia – Department of Defence
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has hailed the integration of the Lockheed-Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk into the service’s Fleet Air Arm as the multirole naval helicopter achieves initial operating capability there. Read More
Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarine HMAS Sheean (SSG-77) near the Sydney Opera House. RAN Photo
LONDON – Years of political wrangling over a design and build strategy for the Royal Australian Navy’s future submarines may at last be nearing a conclusion, according to the country’s former submarines procurement chief. Read More
Australia’s two Canberra-class amphibious warships. RAN Photo
The Royal Australian Navy has begun sea trials for its second big deck Canberra-class amphibious warship, BAE Systems Australia said Tuesday. Read More
Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer Hobart shortly after its launch on May 23, 2015. Government of Australia Photo
Australia’s state owned shipbuilder ASC launched the first of a new class of guided missile destroyer for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) last week a day after after a new government statement outlined additional delays and cost overruns in the three ship program. Read More
The Australian Defence Force aims to field the APKWS rocket on its Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. Artist rendering provided by BAE Systems.
BAE Systems successfully demonstrated its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) from an Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter for the first time in testing with the Australian army, going 10 for 10 in live-fire flight tests, a company official told USNI News. Read More
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works of Kobe Harbor in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, Japan in 2006. via Wikipedia
The recent relaxation of Tokyo’s ban on arms exports has introduced Japan as a budding player in the international arms market. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given the go-ahead for Japanese firms to compete internationally for arms contracts. Read More