Australia: Submarines Excluded from Shipbuild Review
The Australian Navy’s future submarine project has been excluded from the country's shipbuilding review on advice from the Abbott government that the new fleet would be built offshore. The review’s final report, published on Thursday, contained some passing references to the future submarine project, including the fact the government had been looking at offshore construction of the fleet. "Australia's $40 billion future submarine project was left out of a key consultant's report on the local shipbuilding industry on the instructions of the Abbott government," says an observer.
Oz For a Sustainable Naval Shipbuilding Industry
Senator David Johnston, the Australian Minister of Defence announced about the government's was committed to creating a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. He informed that the Government would be investing in a safe and secure Australia. As part of this commitment – and building towards the release of the Defence White Paper – the Government today announces a three point plan that will create a sustainable naval shipbuilding industry that supports shipbuilding jobs. * Firstly, the Government will work with industry to fix the Air Warfare Destroyer program.
RAN's Warfare Destroyer Program Being Revamped
In a joint press release the Australian Minister for Finance Senator Mathias Cormann and Minister for Defence David Johnston stated. that the shipbuilding expertise will to be inserted into the Air Warfare Destroyer program. In this regards the release said,"We are taking the next major step to put the $8.5 billion Air Warfare Destroyer program back on track to deliver critical capability for the Royal Australian Navy. Following competitive procurement processes, BAE Systems,…
Australia, Japan Look to Deepen Navy Ties
Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston has today met with his Japanese counterpart, Akinori Eto, in Tokyo to discuss deepening defence and security cooperation between the two countries. This is the first time the Ministers have met since Minister Eto’s appointment as Japan’s Minister of Defense on September 3, 2014. This visit continues the high-level engagement on security and defence between Australia and Japan, building upon Prime Minister Abe’s successful visit to Australia over 7-10 July 2014.
RAAF Rescues Sailor in Distress near Lord Howe Island
The crew onboard a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules transport aircraft helped rescue a lone sailor during a maritime emergency off Lord Howe Island. The C-130J Hercules from Number 37 Squadron at RAAF Richmond responded to a call for help from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The C-130J was one of four aircraft AMSA called to assist, including AMSA’s Essendon based dedicated search and rescue Dornier aircraft, a civil aircraft and a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8.
Funding To Skill Australia’s Defence Industry
The latest round of funding under the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) initiative was announced today by Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston. Senator Johnston said more than $5 million in funding would be made available to industry in the 2014-15 financial year under round one of the SADI program to boost the skills of workers in the defence industry sector. managers,” Senator Johnston said. “I am particularly pleased to announce that additional flexibility is being introduced to the program to reduce red tape…
ADF Aids Solomon Islands Flood Response
Prompt Australian Defence Force support to Solomon Islands Government in the wake of last week’s devastating floods has been warmly welcomed by Defence Minister David Johnston. Defence has an Assessment Team working with Australian Government personnel on the ground around Honiara while providing strategic air-lift support to the Australian humanitarian response, Senator Johnston said late today. “I commend the efforts of our hard-working ADF team now on the ground in Solomon Islands while also passing on my appreciation to RAAF personnel involved in this vital airlift operation,” he said.
Bill Shorten Suffering from Shipbuilding Amnesia
Labor’s warning over the future of Australian defense manufacturing is absolute hypocrisy, Defense Minister David Johnston said today. Speaking from Perth, Senator Johnston, said the so-called shipbuilding Valley of Death was created by Labor because rather than steering the country forward and making sound strategic decisions they spent six years bickering in the back seat over who should be driving. “It was the former government which cut Defense spending to its lowest levels since 1938," Senator Johnston said.
Australia Collins Class Submarines to be Updated
Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced the Defence Materiel Organisation has signed a multi-million dollar contract with ASC Pty Ltd to update the control management and monitoring system for the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines. Senator Johnston said the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System is a highly automated computerised system, which enables the crew of a Collins submarine to control, monitor and manage the large number of diverse and complex systems on board the submarines.