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HMAS Adelaide arrives in Adelaide
23 Jun 2016
HMAS Adelaide, the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) second Landing Helicopter Dock, has arrived in Adelaide for the first time in support of the Australian Army's Exercise Hamel 16 (EXH16). Exercise Hamel is crucial for the Army to test and evaluate its capability as a maritime strategy focused and capable organisation. Darwin's 1st Brigade will be put through their paces to ensure they are ready to support operational contingencies ranging from humanitarian assistance through to major combat operations as they enter the 'ready' stage of the Force Generation Cycle. On arrival, HMAS Adelaide disembarked around 900 soldiers, 90 vehicles and other related equipment. In total, EXH16 will involve approximately 8000 military personnel from the Australian Army, RAN, Australian Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army (Pacific) and the New Zealand Army. This will be the first year Exercise Hamel has been conducted in South Australia and will take place around Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla and the Cultana Training area from 26 June - 14 July 2016.
Arts to Recovery Program Concludes
10 Jun 2016
22 Army, Air Force and Navy personnel have been participating in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program at the University of Canberra, 16th May - 9th June. The ADF ARRTS program is an innovative arts-based recovery program for servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or become ill during his or her service. Participants have taken part in a series of creative workshops designed to assist their rehabilitation through expression. Workshops are focussed on music, creative writing and visual arts, building towards a final Showcase. The Showcase provides an opportunity for participants to display their achievements through a gallery of work and live performances on the final evening of the program. Since the program was first launched a year ago in partnership with the University of Canberra, over 60 ADF personnel have participated. They have been mentored by ADF professional artists, actors and the University’s creative staff.
Operation Taji personnel return to Australia
09 Jun 2016
Over 100 Brisbane based soldiers deployed as a part of Operation Taji returned home today to waiting family and friends. The soldiers, mainly from the 8th/9th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment, arrived at the Brisbane International Airport to be welcomed by the Commander of the 7th Combat Brigade, Brigadier Anthony Rawlins. The soldiers have spent the last six months deployed to Iraq on a training mission to prepare the Iraq Army for their conflict with Daesch. The soldiers will now take some well deserved leave before returning to their normal duties.
Exercise Sea Explorer
07 Jun 2016
HMAS Adelaide participated in Exercise Sea Explorer 2016 (EX SE16) from 25 May – 05 June off the coast of North Queensland as part of the certification process to determine its readiness to conduct amphibious operations. The second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), HMAS Adelaide deployed for the first time with a combined force to continue its integration into the Amphibious Ready Element (ARE). Partnered with the Townsville-based 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) elements, EX SE16 saw HMAS Adelaide provide the crucial platform to allow the conduct of amphibious landings via helicopters and LHD Landing Craft as part of the training exercise to test operational capability. EX SE16 also afforded the RAN Test and Evaluation Authority an opportunity to evaluate HMAS Adelaide against the required operational capability as well as the conduct of vehicle trials with the LHD Landing Craft. The Sea Series of Exercises, culminating with Exercise Sea Raider later in 2016, will test and evaluate HMAS Adelaide’s and HMAS Canberra’s preparedness as the core capability within Australia’s Amphibious Force.
Reinterment of Australian soldiers
06 Jun 2016
The remains of eight Australian service personnel were reinterned in a ceremony held at Sydney War Cemetery in Rookwood, NSW, on Friday, 3 June 2016. The Australian Army soldiers, along with 25 other Australian service personnel and dependents, many of whom were casualties of the Vietnam War, were returned home to Australia from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore via two Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft on Thursday, 2 June 2016. The repatriation, being organised by the Office of Australian War Graves, is one of the largest single repatriations of Australian service personnel and dependents in our history. On 25 May 2015, the Australian Government offered to repatriate 36 Australian service personnel and dependants from Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia and Kranji Cemetery in Singapore. The families of 33 service personnel and dependents accepted the offer.
Repatriation of Australian servicemen
01 Jun 2016
Two Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft lifted off from Subang airport in Malaysia today bringing home the remains of 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, many of whom were casualties of the Vietnam War, from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore. Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, and Australian Army soldiers from Lavarack Barracks in Townsville flew to Malaysia to escort the Australians home. The 33 Australian service personnel and dependants will arrive at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney on Thursday, 2 June 2016, where a formal military repatriation ceremony will be held. Malaysian Armed Forces personnel paid their respects to the Australians with a ceremonial guard to farewell them on their final journey home. The repatriation, being organised by the Office of Australian War Graves, will be one of the largest single repatriations of Australian servicemen and dependents in our history. On 25 May 2015, the Australian Government offered to repatriate 36 Australian service personnel and dependants from Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia and Kranji Cemetery in Singapore. The families of 33 service personnel and dependents accepted the offer.