Undersea Technology: Unmanned MCM: the LCS litmus test | ADM August 2014

While Australia’s Project SEA 1180 has been put on the back burner, the US Navy remains resolved to bring offboard MCM into its front line. ADM examines the means to effect this transformation, and challenges being encountered. Premium

Defence Business: Preparing for the LHD | ADM July 2014

Although IOC for the first of the RAN's two Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious ships is scheduled for mid to late 2015, the capabilities these 27,800 tonne vessels will deliver to the ADF have yet to be widely appreciated. Premium

ADF Weapons: Air Warfare Destroyer Weapons | ADM July 2014

When the first of the RAN’s three Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) is completed sometime around March 2016, much of the navy’s weaponry portfolio will be deployed on the one platform. Premium

Combat Capability: The layman's Future Frigate gains shape | ADM June 2014

When first mooted, the program to replace the Anzac class of frigates with another, more modern version, aka the Future Frigate, might have been seen as something of a blank canvas. Premium

Sea Power: Daring and Perth: ops rooms and upgrades | ADM March 2014

Both HMS Daring and HMAS Perth were on hand for the International Fleet Review last year in Sydney to help celebrate the 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy. I was lucky enough to sail from Jervis Bay into the Sydney heads on Daring and spend some quality time on HMAS Perth during her stay. Premium

Sea Power: Schedule and cost concerns around AWD | ADM March 2014

A silver proof $1 coin from the Royal Australian Mint was securely hammered under the keel of NUSHIP Brisbane on 3 February amid plaudits for the capability the three future Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) will deliver to the RAN, and growing concern about the extent of cost overruns in their construction. Premium

Sea Power: New markets for CEA’s innovations | ADM March 2014

The Anzac class frigate HMAS Perth. [Photo:Defence]

With its world leading phased array radar and illuminator systems at the heart of the anti-ship missile defence (ASMD) system now in service with the Royal Australian Navy, CEA has quietly been pursuing other fields for its innovative developments in radar and communications Premium

Sea Power: All at sea – LHD sea trials set to begin | ADM March 2014

Despite being delayed by around four months on the original schedule signed in 2007, Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship is due to begin the next important phase of testing in late February or early March, when sea trials get underway. Premium

Pacific: RAN ships: Build it and they will come | ADM October 2013

Over the coming two decades, Navy and the DMO have an impressive shipbuilding task ahead of them. At a glance the list is patrol boats, Future Frigates, oilers and replenishment, landing craft, submarines and a possible OCV type vessel. Works for each of these programs are at different stages but there is still much to be done on all fronts. Premium

Pacific: Industry looks to Sea 5000 | ADM October 2013

Although Australia’s Future Frigate (Sea 5000) program is still at the requirements definition stage, there’s no discernible shortage of debate on capability and construction issues, or of lobbying to press the merits of individual platforms and systems. Premium

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New $700m training system for ADF helicopter crews

Defence Minister David Johnston meets HMAS Albatross personnel during his visit to the base on Thursday during which he announced a $700 million Helicopter Aircrew Training System would be based at the Nowra naval air station.
A modern helicopter training system for Navy and Army personnel has been approved by Defence Minister Senator David Johnston.