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Evacuees (role players) board a French Armed Forces SA 330 Puma on the island of Tiga during the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief phase of Exercise Croix du Sud.

2RAR provides HADR capability

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) have demonstrated their ability to provide an effective response to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) efforts during Exercise Croix du Sud 2014.

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CA receives traditional Indigenous artefact

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, was today presented with a traditional kangaroo skin Warrior’s Cloak by the Ramindjeri People of Kangaroo Island.

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Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to Juba in South Sudan, as part of Operation ASLAN have used their spare time to cheer up children at two local orphanages.

Op Aslan members visit orphanage

Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to Juba in South Sudan, as part of Operation ASLAN have used their spare time to cheer up children at two local orphanages.

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Official Dedication Ceremony and Burial of the last Unknown Soldier 19 July 2010

Honour for soldiers identified after 98 years

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, dedicated the headstones of 20 Australian soldiers on behalf of the Prime Minister and the Australian Government on Saturday 19 July 2014.

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Australian Army Band musicians rehearse ahead of their tour to Switzerland for the Basel International Tattoo.

Australian Army Band at Basel International Tattoo

Selected musicians from all 11 sub units of the Australian Army Band (AAB) embarked on a concert tour of a lifetime, participating in the 2014 Swiss Basel International Tattoo from July 14-26.

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Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey

Farewell to Lance Corporal Chidgey

Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey was farewelled today at the Palmdale Cemetery and Memorial Park on the New South Wales Central Coast.

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Fallen Commando returns home

Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey was returned home to his family and comrades today, Wednesday, 9 July 2014, at a solemn ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Richmond in Sydney.

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The Roll of Honour at the 2nd Commando Regiment, Holsworthy Barracks.

Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG, honoured with NATO medal

Commandos, family and friends remembered Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG, during a solemn memorial service at Holsworthy Barracks on Friday, 20 June 2014.

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Australian Army soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment combat team assault Line Creek Junction at the Townsville Field Training Area during the 3rd Brigade Combined Arms Training Activity on 15 June 2014.

Deploy, fight, achieve

Army demonstrated its potency during the successful 3rd Brigade Combined Arms Training Activity (CATA) at the Townsville Field Training Area from 6-20 June 2014.

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Bearer party members from Special Operations Command carry Private Ronald Eagleton's coffin to his final resting place at the Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby.

Commandos buried in Papua New Guinea

The last two soldiers missing from a World War Two Z Special Unit patrol onto Papua New Guinea’s Muschu Island were laid to rest in the Bomana War Cemetery at Port Moresby on Thursday 12 June 2014, almost 70 years after they disappeared.

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Lance Corporal Todd Chidgey

ADF announces the death of LCPL Todd Chidgey

It is with deep regret that the Australian Defence Force confirms that Lance Corporal Todd John Chidgey has died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan.

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Australian soldier dies in Afghanistan

An Australian Special Forces soldier serving in the Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Kabul has died in what is believed to be a non-combat related incident on Tuesday, 1 July 2014.

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Outgoing CDF General David Hurley inspects Australia's Federation Guard.

CDF Change of Command

The Australian Defence Force has a new Chief after General David Hurley passed command to Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin at a parade in Canberra, Monday 30 June 2014.

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A line of Australian Army Commandos, eyes-left, dressed in crye camouflage uniforms wearing sherwood green berets

Star of Gallantry for Commando

A 2nd Commando Regiment commando who fought alongside VC recipient Cpl Cameron Baird was awarded a Star of Gallantry for his selfless efforts during the same battle at Ghawchak village, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

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Chief of Army attends Global Summit

The Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, is attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, in London.

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Grave of an unknown soldier

Twenty Australian WWI soldiers identified

The Assistant Minister for Defence, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, today announced the names of a further 20 previously unidentified Australian soldiers who died at the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.

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8/12 Regiment soldiers fire guns during the Bombing of Darwin commemoration service in Darwin.

Budget bang for their buck

The ADF has come through the 2014-15 Budget with no further cuts and a reaffirmed commitment to grow the Defence budget to 2 per cent of GDP within a decade, according to a statement released by Defence Minister David Johnston.

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An Australian soldier uses a metal detecter on a Victorian farm to fine unexploded ordnance

Engineers search farm

It is the day before Anzac Day as teams of specialists from the Special Operations Engineer Regiment (SOER) fan out searching for explosive hazards, potential IEDs, booby traps and caches. Nearby the scene of destruction from a huge blast litters the ground.

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The chief of joint operations tours an operations room during an exercise

Building a multinational task force

“Operations don’t just happen – each requires intricate planning,” Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Ash Power said at the start of Exercise Vital Prospect.

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An Australian Army protected mobility vehicle under the evening sky in Uruzgan, Afghanistan

Reservists' new Protected Mobility Vehicles

Soldiers from 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse got behind the wheel of their new 12.5 tonne steeds in their first training weekend of the year.

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Indigenous trainees jog to warm up for a physical training session during the Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course in South Australia

Indigenous Pre Recruitment Course - South Australia

The Australian Defence Force is holding its Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course (IPRC) in South Australia for the first time, offering unique personal and professional development opportunities to young Indigenous Australians.

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Members of the Australian Army march past the Centoaph, Martin Place, Sydney 2014.

Honouring the fallen

From the heart of the country to the top and bottom end, soldiers joined with millions of Australians to pause and remember on Anzac Day.

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Australian Army soldiers training in advanced firat aid.

Learning to save lives

Soldiers have gained vital medical skills during the three-week combat first aider course at Lavarack Barracks, Queensland.

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2RAR in Townsville during a warfighting exercise.

Warfighting skills tested

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, accompanied by observer trainers from Combat Training Centre Live, completed a gruelling warfighting exercise to test their soldiering skills.

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Sniper fron the 2nd Commando Regiment.

Hidden and dangerous

Remaining undetected no matter what nature or the enemy threw at them was the main focus for snipers from the 2nd Commando Regiment who practised advanced sniper techniques and stalking skills at Majura Range in Canberra.

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The Memorial, Camp Russell, Tarin Kowt

Anzac Day 2014

Each year on April 25, Australians pause to honour the sacrifice of our fellow countrymen and women who have served throughout our Nation's history.

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Special Air Service Regiment personnel salute during the sounding of Last Post

SASR pays tribute to barracks' namesake

Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) has unveiled the refurbished grave site of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Campbell, as part of the 50 year anniversary of the unit’s foundation.

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A British Mk.I ‘Male’ tank, believed to be the prototype model named ‘Mother’

Tank crews readying for M1 Abrams upgrades

M1A1 Abrams crews in Darwin with B Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment are anticipating an exciting and explosive 2014 with training activities across the Northern Territory and possibly in Western Australia.

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Jesse at the Soldier Recovery Centre – Brisbane

Jesse lends a paw

Wounded, injured and ill soldiers from south-east Queensland have a new tool to boost their recovery and return to work – an energetic border collie named Jesse.

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A LCM8 carrying soldiers from Combat Support Element returns to HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Dawn 2014.

Exercise Sea Dawn 2014

Phase 2 of Exercise Sea Dawn 2014 continues joint training for the full spectrum of amphibious operations.

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2nd Cavalry Regiment soldiers parade in front of their armoured vehicles with Sergeant Courage, the unit’s wedge tail eagle mascot.

Alpha Squadron name their ASLAVs

Enacting a time-honoured cavalry tradition, the 87 members of Alpha Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment have christened their steeds at a naming ceremony held at Darwin’s Robertson Barracks.

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Troops from 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) put the new Australian Light Armoured Vehicle Surveillance variant through its paces at Shoalwater Bay Training Area

Suite sees further than ever before

Corporal Nick Wiseman takes a look around the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle Surveillance variant, as 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) crews take them for a test drive during Ex Kosta River at Shoalwater Bay.

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The commanding officer of the Force Support Unit lowers the flag as the unit prepares to return to Australia from Operation Slipper in the Middle East Area of Operations

Force Support Unit 8 tour complete

Force Support Unit 8 tour complete

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Soldiers practise the actions to be taken when a patient requires medical attention

Students to save lives

Despite having both parents in the Air Force, a trainee medic at the triservice Army School of Health at Bonegilla, Victoria, decided to join the Army.

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International Women's Day at Army HQ

Women will make up almost 12 per cent of the Army by mid-year, CA Lieutenant General David Morrison said during his International Women’s Day address to personnel at Army HQ on March 7.

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Australian Army soldiers march in the welcome home parade, in Darwin.

Darwin welcomes home troops

The city of Darwin officially welcomed home the last formed body of Australian Defence Force personnel to serve in Uruzgan province with a parade through the city today, 1 March 2014.

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8/12 Regiment soldiers fire guns during the Bombing of Darwin commemoration service in Darwin.

8/12 remembers Darwin bombing

Four M2A2 Howitzer guns roared to life on The Esplanade, Darwin on Wednesday 19 February, re-enacting the moment in 1942 when Australian soldiers fought with valour against the first and largest enemy air attack on Australian soil.

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PMKeyS Self Service available at home

Access to selected PMKeyS Self Service (PSS) employee menu items is now available at home through the internet.

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Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Natasha Ludwig presents Commander Joint Task Force 633 Major General Craig Orme with the Force Support Unit 8 pennant.

FSU 8 – job well done

Force Support Unit 8 (FSU 8) personnel are returning home after contributing to one of the largest logistics tasks in Defence history – the remediation of Multi National Base – Tarin Kot in Afghanistan.

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The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC, DSC, shakes hands with Doug Baird father of Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG, at the Victoria Cross investiture ceremony at Government House.

Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG, posthumously invested with the Victoria Cross for Australia

The Governor General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO, posthumously invested Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird, VC, MG, with the Victoria Cross for Australia at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Tuesday, 18 February 2014.

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Corporal Cameron Baird, MG, awarded the VC

The Governor General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO, announced that Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird, MG, has been awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia posthumously on Thursday, 13 February.

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Heavy lift ship, Blue Marlin, transports NUSHIP Adelaide throught the channel between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean as they enter Port Phillip Bay.

NUSHIP Adelaide arrives in Melbourne

NUSHIP Adelaide arrived in Port Phillip Bay on Friday 7 February 2014, our second and final Landing Helicopter Dock Ship (LHD) to be delivered. The hull was transported from Spain to Australia by Heavy Lift Ship, Blue Marlin.

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Australian Army Soldier shooting long range targets.

Going the distance – top shot on sniper course

After just three years as an infantryman, and having never picked up a gun before Army training, 7RAR’s Private Simon Lancaster has topped the combined run 5/7RAR sniper course.

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Administrative changes for MEAO

Following a reduction in the size of Australia's commitment and the number of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in Afghanistan, Defence has reassessed and redefined operations in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

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Australia Day in Dubai for Joint Task Force 633

Sailors, soldiers and airmen deployed as part of Joint Task Force 633 celebrated Australia Day at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, 26 January 2014.

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Australian Cadets depart for New Zealand

A contingent of 60 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force cadets left on Friday 24 January for New Zealand to take part in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the New Zealand Cadets.

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Private Richards, Mentoring Task Force - Two, presents arms during the ANZAC Day dawn service in 2011.

In focus

The Australian Army is a large, diverse organisation that operates in Australia and overseas. In focus creates a greater understanding of Army by highlighting our professional activities and people.

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