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The Collins class boats have an endurance of 70 days, back in 2004 HMAS Rankin was at sea for 126 days, 80% of that time was under water.
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From what I have been reading, the ADF plan to implement the 'Ship-to-Objective' manoeuvre with a 'Amphibious Ready group'(ARG) when our future amphibious fleet reaches full strength. My question is, wont this make the deployment of the M1 MBT increasingly unlikely?
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..speaking of Australia's amphibious capability...interesting link here to share about that, with mention made to the latest "Bold Alligator 2013" exercise...

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According to John Blaxland, a senior fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University:

Australia is in the process of acquiring two amphibious landing helicopter dock ships (LHDs) built by Spain’s Navantia and BAE Systems Australia following the design of the Spanish navy (Armada de Espana) LHD. The first semi-completed one arrived in Australia on October 17, 2012.

On this occasion it is worth reflecting on the parallels of the Spanish and Australian amphibious capabilities. Interestingly, Spain maintains an amphibious fleet of an LHD, two landing platform docking ships (LPDs) and a landing ship tank (LST), sister of former HMA ships Manoora and Kanimbla. This is a configuration not unlike the one the Royal Australian Navy will have once the new LHDs come into operation. Spain lost its Latin American empire two centuries ago; so why does the Spanish navy need a four-ship amphibious capability?

As it turns out, the Spaniards place big emphasis on maintaining an amphibious warfighting capability, with an embarked force drawn from the world’s oldest marine corps, predating the US Marines by more than two centuries (it was created in 1537). The force also includes its own integral onboard air power to operate against adversaries in contested situations. Spain recognises that developing and maintaining its amphibious capability is of the highest order of difficulty. Spain places high priority on ensuring the three armed services work together intimately to make the capability work properly in an opposed setting. But Spain also recognises that this capability enables it at short notice to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief…..

The utility of this approach has strong echoes in Australia’s region. With its four-ship amphibious flotilla, Spain was able to act promptly and play a prominent role in disaster relief after the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, much as they had done after a hurricane in Central America in 1998-99. When port facilities were destroyed and inoperable, Spain’s amphibious ships were able to operate off Haiti’s coast, providing a range of capabilities in support of the international relief efforts, reaching the shore with its amphibious craft and helicopters…..

Australia’s strategic circumstances, with the vast expanse of the Asia-Pacific region vulnerable to significant natural, environmental and other disasters, have pointed to the enduring utility of maintaining robust amphibious capabilities, not only for high-end war fighting, but for all the other assorted challenging tasks the armed forces are often called upon to assist with that might not necessarily be described as war-related. Indeed, experience in recent years has repeatedly demonstrated the utility of Australia maintaining afloat emergency response capabilities. In December 1974 Australia’s last aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne, was sent to Darwin to assist with the recovery operations after cyclone Tracy.
....more on this...http://www.sldinfo.com/australia-pre...m_medium=email
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Australia's Hawk fleet will get an upgrade.


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Minister for defence materiel Mike Kelly says the "multi-million dollar" package will see Canberra's fleet of Hawks upgraded to the same level as "a later version of the aircraft developed for the UK Ministry of Defence". This refers to the T2-standard trainer, of which 28 have been delivered to the Royal Air Force. Flown by the service's 4 Sqn and featuring advanced capabilities such as emulated radar and electronic warfare systems, the type also has formed the basis for new-generation aircraft ordered for the air forces of Oman and Saudi Arabia.

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(US) Navy Halts Work On Triton Drone’s System To Help Avoid Other Planes

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The other significant news out of Hoke’s briefing was that the US and Australia signed a Foreign Military Sales Letter of Agreement on August 1 that will allow information sharing between the two countries. I asked if a sale to Australia would entail an exemption from the Missile Technology Control Regime and he said it might. It’s too early to ask for an exemption, but the fact one may be required probably will expose the sale to more congressional oversight.

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Royal Australian Air Force bids farewell to final F-111.

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The much-loved fighter jet had its wings clipped ahead of its last journey to the Pacific Air Museum at Pearl Harbour.
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The latest news about the Collins class subs... HMAS Collins has gone inactive as of 2013, and the three Hedemora diesels will be removed by cutting open just aft of the sail. They will be overhauled ashore, including reinstating the engines flywheels and fitted in HMAS Farncombe's full cycle refit 2014-16. HMAS Collins will then get the refurbished engines from HMAS Farncombe in its full cycle refit in 2016-18.... but will also made available as a source of spare parts for the other subs prior to its own refit. She will also have a large hole cut in the stern to remove and overhaul her main motor. This method of 'out of boat' maintenence of the diesel engines is supposedly 400% more labour efficient, and offers as simpler outcome for any upgrades in the future.

So anytime soon we will see one sub for spare parts until its full cycle refit in 2016, another sub in full cycle refit now. The remaining four in active, training and short, or intermediate cycle maintenance.
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The RAAF & RAN will be much better off with the acquisition of 8 P-8A Poseidon aircrafts.


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Australia’s entire fleet of six Boeing C-17 strategic transports has achieved final operational capability (FOC).

The Royal Australian Air Force’s first four C-17s achieved FOC status in 2011, but as two additional aircraft were purchased separately their FOCs took longer, the service says.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art...ed-foc-396434/
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Lots of Submarine News in the last 2 days.

Final Coles Review into submarine sustainment << My Blog
(Australia) The submarine choice << My Blog
Submarines - does Moore mean less? << My Blog
Oz submarines - 12? 9? 6? << My Blog
Australia in talks to buy Japanese submarines to upgrade fleet << News.com.au

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Nice to see the Collins class finally getting more time at sea, we may now see it in service longer now that the maintenance and availability has improved.
If the Japanese are happy to build the Soryu Class submarine for us, I'd say 'yes please'.
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Government to spend $12 billion on 58 more next-generation F-35s

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The extra aircraft will bring Australia's total Joint Strike Fighter force to 72 aircraft, with the first of them to enter service in 2020.
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