A&NZD Digital Issue No.86
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Australian & NZ Defender No 86 June 2014

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Australian & NZ Defender No 86 June 2014

INSIDE: RAN LHD: The first of two Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Docks is about to enter service with the RAN and become a focus of ADF capability.

Philippines: 2 Cdo Regt Commandos undergo the Philippine SOCOM's Jungle Survival Training course with US Army Special Forces Group and Philippine Special Forces Regiment during Ex Balikatan 2014 on Luzon Island.

Afghanistan: Australian advisors support the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police within NATO's Train Advise and Assist Mission. Featured contingents include: 205th Corps Advisory Team, Logistics Training Advisory Team, ANA Officer Academy Training and Advisory Team and ANP General Directorate of Police Special Units Training Team (AusSOCOMD). Includes US Special Forces directed combat operations in old Australian hunting ground of Shah Wali Kot.

MEAO Seas: HMAS Darwin conducts counter piracy and counter narcotics operations within Combined Maritime Forces in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and western Indian Ocean.

Southern Indian Ocean: Australian led search and recovery operations in the Southern Indian Ocean looking for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Nevada USA: RAAF 77 Sqn HUG Hornets and E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C jets participate in Ex Red Flag 14-1 with the best of the USAF, US Navy, US Marine Corps and the Brit RAF.

NEWS: RAAF to acquire an additional F-35A Lightning II strike fighters, Confirmation of RAAF P-8A Poseidon order, RAAF maintains focus on MQ-4C Triton long range UAV, Future RAN submarine fleet options, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, Sako TRG 10 sniper rifle under trial, ACP high precision bullets, Birdon Bridge Erection Boat, AN/PRC 150/152 radio roll out, RNZAF T-6C Texan acquisition, Bushmaster PMV export sales.

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