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MV Sycamore ready to go

MV Sycamore is now sitting at HMAS Waterhen after conducting sea trials earlier this year.
Credit: ADM - Katherine Ziesing

Navy and industry gathered at HMAS Waterhen late last week to celebrate the imminent handover of the MV Sycamore, the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) procured under the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program. While the vessel has been acquired under HATS, it will be spending approximately 300 days a year at sea in various training roles for the ADF.

HiFiRE goes the distance at speed

HIFiRE 5b rocket launches successfully at the Woomera Test Range in South Australia on May 18, 2016.
Credit: Defence

Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) and its US Air Force Research Laboratory partner are now analysing data. Premium

DSTG and UNSW launch cube sat

The receiver development engineers in the SNAP Laboratory at UNSW, testing the receiver on the Spirent GPS simulator. From the left Kevin Parkinson, Peter Mumford and Frank Engel.
Credit: General Dynamics NZ

The Namuru Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver developed by the University of NSW and integrated by the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) has begun its year-long mission in space, after the US BIARRI Point cube satellite on which it is a payload was launched from the International Space Station (ISS). Premium

ANAO on Defence sustainment

HMAS Toowoomba in final preparations to undock after 12 months undergoing maintenance and capability upgrades at Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia. 
Credit: Defence

The Australian National Audit Office has taken a look at how Defence spends its multi billion-dollar sustainment budget and concluded that in essence, it’s good, but not great. As many readers know, Defence has been under a constant reform program, with the organisation not really having the time between reform cycles to give changes time to bed down - a concept formally acknowledged in the First Principles Review (FPR).

Babcock launches ICN Gateway for submarine support

The Collins class will be operating for years to come before the Future Submarine comes into service.
Credit: Defence

Babcock has launched a new ICN Gateway for its submarine operations. The new Babcock Submarine Supply Chain Gateway is seeking to engage with companies that have capabilities in Castings and Forgings. Further ‘expressions of interest’ will be sought in the coming weeks. David Ruff, CEO of Babcock Australasia, said the ICN Gateway represented the “next logical step” in the company’s long-term commitment to the supply chain in Australia.

The economic value of Singapore training agreement

A soldier from the Singapore Army clears an obstacle during the Obstacle Course match at the 2017 Australian Army Skill At Arms Meeting, held at Puckapunyal, Victoria. 
Credit: Defence

Defence has received the results of the KPMG Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Premium

Defence launches transition support service

(L-R) Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Dan Tehan MP, meets 2017 Invictus Games squad member Jamie Tanner and Invictus Games Ambassador, Leesa Kwok.
Credit: Defence

The Department of Defence has launched an individual career coaching service for ADF members leaving the military, announced Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan. Premium