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ensuring Australia remains able to respond to the
most pressing tasking across the region at any time.
Piracy is a threat to global maritime security,
including to Australia’s merchant trade and to
Australian tourists passing through the Gulf of
Aden and the Suez Canal. In 2008, there were 111
pirate attacks in the region, with 42 successful
hijackings. There have been around 100 registered
attacks, including over 25 successful hijackings, so
far this year.
aDF gap year applications
open for 2010
Applications for the 2010 intake of the
Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are
The ADF Gap Year experience has proven
remarkably successful in its initial two years and has
been structured to offer a meaningful experience
in the ADF that exposes members to military
training and lifestyle in a way that broadens their
understanding and appreciation of Service life.
Places are limited for those interested in the
ADF Gap Year, and not all applicants are guaranteed
enlistment, even if they meet the eligibility criteria
There are 267 places available in the Navy,
317 in the Army and 116 in Air Force. For more
information go to www.defencejobs.gov.au/
another key Taliban leader killed
Taliban operations in Oruzgan province continue
to be successfully disrupted by combined operations
by Afghan and coalition forces with the fourth senior
insurgent leader targeted and killed this year.
A key insurgent commander operating in the Deh
Rafshan region of the province, Mullah Qasim, was a
known improvised explosive device (IED) facilitator.
He was killed on May 24 during a short battle
between insurgents and Afghan National Security
Forces, supported by soldiers from the Special
Operations Task Group (SOTG).
Afghan National Security Force troops and SOTG
soldiers located the Taliban insurgent leader in a
remote, mountainous area of West Deh Rafshan. He
and three of his insurgent followers were killed and
several other suspects were captured following a
reviews find no investigation
An internal Defence review into allegations
that Defence staff conducted a covert investigation
and leaked personal information about the previous
Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon,
has found that the allegations are entirely without
Twenty-four young Australians recently
embarked onboard Sail Training Ship
Young Endeavour at Garden Island,
Sydney, and set sail on her 2009
circumnavigation of Australia.
These young Australians are the first of
up to 700 youth from around the country who
will sail onboard STS Young Endeavour during
her six-month voyage program.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear
Admiral Nigel Coates said that Sail Training Ship
Young Endeavour offered a fantastic opportunity
for young Australians to build leadership and
teamwork skills, increase their self confidence and
develop their sense of social responsibility.
“The Royal Australian Navy is proud to
operate and maintain Young Endeavour on behalf
of the Australian people and to be part of her
2009 circumnavigation,” Rear Admiral Nigel
“This will be the ship’s first journey to
the north and west of Australia in eight years,
and presents a great opportunity for regional
communities to see the ship, learn about her
unique youth development program, and come
onboard as she sails along the Australian coast.”
STS Young Endeavour will visit Brisbane,
Bundaberg, Mackay, Airlie Beach, Townsville,
Cairns, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Fremantle,
Esperance, Adelaide, and Williamstown before
returning to Sydney in December.
At each port she will embark a new youth
crew, who will spend 11 to 18 days learning the
technical skills required to sail a square-rigged
vessel, including helming, navigation, rope
handling, working aloft and even command.
Voyages onboard STS Young
Endeavour are open to Australians aged
16 – 23. For more information please visit
Next-generation air vehicles that
dramatically reduce inter-continental
travel times are now one step closer
to reality with the recent successful
completion of preliminary hypersonic flight
trials at the Woomera Test Range.
The former Minister for Defence Science
and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP,
congratulated the Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) and the US Air Force Research
Laboratory (AFRL) on the results of their recent
joint hypersonic flight trial.
“Hypersonics is the study of flight exceeding
approximately five times the speed of sound, and
this trial has successfully tested the flight and
mission control systems that will be used in future
experiments,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Using nitrogen gas valves as thrusters to
manoeuvre the test vehicle in space, the test vehicle
was turned onto the correct heading and elevation
for re-entry into the atmosphere as designed.
“This trial has given scientists a wealth of
new data and demonstrated that hypersonic flight
could become a reality in the not too distant future,
offering immense economic and strategic benefits
for Australia,” he said.
The Woomera flight was the first in a series
of up to 10 planned flight experiments under a
joint research program between DSTO and the
US Air Force. The program, called the Hypersonic
International Flight Research Experimentation
(HIFiRE), is investigating the fundamental science
of hypersonics technology and its potential for next
The Australian Defence Logistics Conference
2009 will be held at the Australian Defence
Force Academy from 16-17 July.
The Conference theme is Implementing Logistics
Reform, which is especially relevant as Defence
commences implementation of the announcement
from the recently released White Paper.
Senior Defence leaders, including from Navy,
Army, Air Force, Defence Materiel Organisation,
Defence Support Group and Chief Information
Officer Group will articulate Australia’s future
Defence Logistics vision and the practical
reforms being implemented to realise that
vision. Speakers from international Defence
organisations will also share experiences of their
own logistics reform.
Delegates will hear first hand what the
future holds for Australian Defence logisticians
and their role in leading and implementing
these wide-ranging reforms. The conference is
only open to Defence full-time personnel and
For more information and where
to register, visit the Conference website at
http://intranet.defence.gov.au/JLC . Further
information can be obtained from the
Conference Convenor, Ms Sanja Vrbenski
Care trial begins
About 2700 Defence dependants in
Cairns (QLD), Singleton (NSW), Katherine
(NT), Sale (VIC) and the Pilbara region
in WA can now access free basic health
care as part of the ADF Family Health
The former Minister for Defence Science and
Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP said
the initiative will provide practical support to the
dependants of ADF personnel.
“We are testing delivery models to ensure
that ADF dependants will not only be able to
access free basic medical care, but they have
choice and flexibility about who they consult with,”
Mr Snowdon said.
“Here in Cairns, 54 doctors have already
agreed to support the ADF Family Health Trial.
Medicare Australia will administer these services
through bulk billing arrangements.
“The trial also has provision for dependants
to claim up to $300 each for non-cosmetic dental
services, which can be accessed at any dentist
Dependants registered for the trial will be
issued with an ADF Family Health card which will
enable them to submit claims electronically at
most dentists, up to the capped amount.
Navy Health Ltd has been engaged by Defence
to provide the ADF Family Health card, as well
as customer service and claims processing. Navy
Health Ltd come to Defence with more than 50
years experience in the health industry.
“The ADF Family Health Trial is one way we
can support Defence families as they support our
Defence men and women," Mr Snowdon said.
For more information: www.defence.gov.
The sail Training ship
aBoVe: Test vehicle launch as part of hypersonics
trial (hIFIre-0) at Woomera, south australia, on 7
may 2009. Photo: Brian Crowley
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