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October 29, 2015

Welcome to another issue of our premium newsletter. ADM Editor Katherine Ziesing has returned from the French shipyards – the French are keen to allay concerns about their interoperability with the US and don't see any problem sharing highly sensitive information with Australia on characteristics such as acoustic signatures.
Katherine also reports from our Defence in Northern Australia summit currently taking place in Darwin (we keep her busy!) that security concerns surrounding the lease of Port of Darwin to a Chinese company are unfounded. 
The headline news this week was of course the US freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea – here we reflect upon what is at stake and what to expect.
In other news, HMAS Waller is still not fully operational after the fire early last year and Northrop Grumman has been awarded the contract to deliver the next Long Range Strike Bomber for the US.
We are now taking submissions for our annual Top 40 Defence Contractors or Top 20 Defence SMEs for 2015 – we hope to hear from you! In the meantime follow our news from the summit on Twitter #NADefence15,     

Patrick Durrant

Online Editor

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French Navy chief firmly behind DCNS Sea 1000 bid

Speaking recently to Australian media, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Admiral Bernard Rogel explained that the French Navy has never been busier around the globe.  more»

New maritime support facility for Darwin?

NT chief minister Adam Giles announced that his government is willing to spend $100 million on a common user facility ship lift  more»

HMAS Waller still recovering after fire incident last year

Lengthy repairs to HMAS Waller following a fire on board in February 2014 have now been completed but the Collins class submarine will not be available for operations until sometime next year, Defence has confirmed.  more»

South China Sea reflections

Back in April this year, Admiral Harry Harris, then Commander of the US Pacific Fleet (now Commander US Pacific Command) made global headlines when he warned of the perils around China’s so-called “great wall of sand”.  more»

Northrop to build US Long Range Strike Bomber

Northrop Grumman has won the contract to develop and build a next-generation US long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) in the largest award by the Pentagon in over a decade.  more»

Naval Captain and engineer Mona Shindy named NSW Business Woman of the Year

Captain Mona Shindy, a weapons engineer, cultural advisor, and business leader in the Royal Australian Navy, has been named the 2015 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year.  more»

RAN loaning two Cape-class patrol boats

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has temporarily transferred two Cape-class offshore patrol vessels to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to enable the navy to meet its border security operations commitments.  more»

ADM’s Top 40/Top 20 SME Defence Contractors survey for 2015

Do you think you qualify for ADM’s Top 40 Defence Contractors or Top 20 Defence SMEs this year?  more»

Defence Week Premium 372 PDF Version

Welcome to another issue of our premium newsletter. Our Editor Katherine Ziesing has returned with a report from the French shipyards.  more»







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