The initial candidate is Jeremy Wojak, who arrived in France in November to begin a six-month internship at Exail’s facility in Brest | Nigel Pittaway

Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Warramunga has deployed for a three-month deployment through South and Southeast Asia, the first regional presence deployment for 2024.

Exail and Aurizn have signed a strategic technology partnership focused on the potential application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in naval robotics.

The Australian Border Force expects to complete modernisation work on its two Bay class patrol boats in 2024 | Ben Felton

Australia and Japan have signed an agreement to enhance strategic capabilities in robotic and autonomous systems for undersea warfare.

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Indo-Pacific Engagement

2023’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE23) saw ADF ships, aircraft, and personnel visit 14 countries in the region and kicked off in early July | Mike Yeo

The US has approved the potential sale of ‘General Tomahawk Weapons System Support Services Uplift and related equipment’ to Australia | Keira Joyce

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Anzac upgrade de-risks RNZN re-cap

The New Zealand Ministry of Defence will publish a new Defence Capability Plan in 2024 as part of its Defence Policy Review process | Tim Fish

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Sea 1905 downselect imminent

Bidders for Tranche 1 of Navy’s Sea 1905 program are eagerly awaiting a government decision on who will be downselected to move forward | Nigel Pittaway

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Navy’s enigmatic SURTASS-E program

In May the US DSCA announced approval for Australia to purchase the Surveillance Towed Array Sonar System Expeditionary under a proposed $322 million deal | Nigel Pittaway

For Australia, acquiring nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs) was once utterly inconceivable | Max Blenkin

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Enhancing maritime strike power

The Royal Australian Navy’s acquisition of Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to replace its RGM-84 Harpoon weapons was first announced by the previous government in April 2022 | Nigel Pittaway

BAE Systems USA has been contracted to deliver three Mark 45 gun systems for installation aboard Australia’s first three Hunter-class frigates | Max Blenkin

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Corvettes for the RAN?

German shipbuilder Luerssen says it can build small capable warships for the Royal Australian Navy in Australia within five years of the go-ahead – if the government decides to head down the little ships path | Max Blenkin

A new variant of the Bluebottle Uncrewed Surface Vehicle has been delivered to the Royal New Zealand Navy | Tim Fish

Acacia Systems has been selected to lead a $1.6 million project to boost RAN undersea surveillance capability, funded through the Defence Innovation Partnership’s Activator Fund.