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Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills Program
19 May 2016
Army, Navy and Air Force personnel have gathered together to participate in the third Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program being held from 16May – 09 June at the University of Canberra. The 4-week program has been designed to assist in the rehabilitation of wounded, injured and ill ADF members through a series of innovative art-focussed workshops. The workshops include training and practical experience in music, literature and visual arts such as painting, photography and film. Through these workshops, participants are provided a new and uplifting experience to assist their movement, speech and to build self confidence. Since the program was first launched a year ago in partnership with the University of Canberra, over 60 participants have gone through the program. Participants are mentored by ADF professional artists, actors and the University’s creative staff.
Brisbane’s Navy Base Commissions as HMAS Moreton
16 May 2016
Following the decision to dispose of Bulimba Barracks, Navy Headquarters South Queensland will become a commissioned establishment, HMAS Moreton. This will be the Navy’s first establishment commissioning since 1978 and is the third time an establishment has been named Moreton. The ceremony will involve a formal military parade involving the ship’s company, band and guard, with attendees including former commanding officers of both Navy Headquarters South Queensland and HMAS Moreton. The ceremony will be followed by a flypast from a Bell 429 helicopter from 723 Squadron in Nowra, New South Wales. Moreton provides administrative support for Navy members in the area, supporting Australian and foreign warship and military visits, promoting the service through community engagement, and maintaining facilities for Naval Reserve activities. The base was a key support hub to the recovery effort following the 2011 Brisbane floods. The establishment is home to a number of Reserve units including Dive Team 8 and the Queensland detachment of the Navy Band. The facilities also accommodate the Australian Navy Cadet Training Ship Guyundah.
Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting Winners
15 May 2016
Australian Defence Force personnel are testing their shooting and combat skills against military personnel from 18 countries from 3–20 May 2016 at the annual Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) at Puckapunyal training area, north of Melbourne, Victoria. The purpose of AASAM is to improve Army operational capability through a rigorous, challenging and combat focused skill at arms competition. All AASAM participating military personnel will leave Puckapunyal after three weeks with new knowledge and skills, which is sure to finetune even the most accomplished combat shooters. Competitors use their country's service weapons as they put months of practice to the test. They also share tips and techniques as they test themselves against ever-more demanding obstacle courses, moving and robotic targets, and challenging firing positions. Organisers are working closely with our Pacific region neighbours as well as honouring Australia's military cooperation with New Zealand by creating an Anzac team. The event is also a chance for soldiers to refine their skills on the ADF's new assault rifle: the EF88 Austeyr.
HMAS Adelaide Unit Readiness
09 May 2016
The Navy's newest warship, HMAS Adelaide has been in Jervis Bay during April 2016, conducting unit ready evaluations. HMAS Adelaide has been conducting a series of simultaneous evolutions such as, helicopter and amphibious operations all in an effort of readying the ship for such missions completed by her sister ship, HMAS Canberra.
HMAS Stuart docking timelapse
06 May 2016
On the 3 May 2016, HMAS Stuart docked at the BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia for an Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. This represents a very significant milestone, being the entry of the last 'classic' FFH into the upgrade program. The ASMD upgrade program significantly enhances the capability of the ship's weapons and sensors systems. The upgrade includes the addition of a 'cupola' mast to house the CEA Phased Array Radar, upgrades and maintenance of combat, propulsion and electrical systems and painting in the new Royal Australian Navy 'haze grey'.