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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS May 23, 2013
FUNDING to replace the Armidale-class
patrol boats and replenishment ships
HMAS Sirius and HMAS Success was
identified in the 2013-14 Federal Budget
on May 14.
The government has provided $113.1
billion in funding for Defence over the
next four years, which is around $10 bil-
lion more than allocated in the previous
This will be provided over the for-
ward estimates with the Defence annu-
al budget now set to grow from $25.3
billion in 2013-14 to $30.7 billion in
The government has also provided
Defence with funding guidance of around
$220 billion over the subsequent six years
from 2017-18 to 2022-23.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said
the increase would ensure Defence was
able to continue to operate effectively
across all areas of its portfolio.
“The government remains committed
to a Defence budget, which ensures the
ADF can meet the government’s opera-
tional, force posture and preparedness
requirements and deliver the core ADF
capabilities the government requires to
protect Australia’s national security inter-
ests,” Mr Smith said.
He stipulated the government had
decided the Defence funding model
would be based on the four-year forward
estimates budget cycle, determined on
an annual basis taking into account con-
temporary strategic economic and fiscal
circumstances and a subsequent six-year
general guidance for Defence planning
“This aligns Defence funding with the
Commonwealth’s broader budget process,
which provides certainty for planning
purposes in the short-term, and is consist-
ent with the historical management of
the Defence budget and the inherent dif-
ficulty in forecasting fiscal circumstances
in the longer-term.”
To support the introduction of new
capability over the coming decade, the
full-time ADF workforce will aim to
grow from about 56,700 to more than
Other items of note for Navy include:
® Additional funding for investment in
Australian-developed phased array
radar technology for the future frigates.
® Continuing upgrades of the Anzac-
class frigates with advanced radars.
® Continuing upgrades to Collins-class
submarines and reforms to improve
their availability and reliability.
® Preparing for the delivery of MH-60R
Seahawk maritime combat helicopters.
® Continuing construction of the Hobart-
® Commencing acceptance into service
of the first LHD, HMAS Canberra.
HMAS Choules and her
embarked MRH-90 were
involved in the air and sea
search for two people believed
lost from the Carnival Line
cruise ship Carnival Spirit off
the NSW mid-north coast.
Choules and MRH-90
Poseidon 14 joined the search,
which was co-ordinated by the
NSW Water Police, on May 9
as the ship was returning from
North Queensland where she
was conducting amphibious
CN VADM Ray Griggs
praised the efforts of CO
Choules CMDR Ashley Papp
and his ship’s company.
“The thoughts of the wider
Navy are with the families of
those affected by this very sad
event,” VADM Griggs said.
N AV Y has supported the opening of
White Ribbon Australia’s first interna-
White Ribbon Australia hosted the
conference in Sydney from May 13-15.
It featured key researchers, practi-
tioners, policy makers and activists from
both Australia and overseas.
The conference showcased research,
policies and programs that work to
change men’s attitudes and behaviours
that perpetuate violence against women.
HMAS Choules was the venue for
the official opening reception on May 13
while the ship was alongside at Garden
This is one element of Navy’s overall
support to the White Ribbon Foundation.
Navy has more than 75 White Ribbon
ambassadors and is active in the coordi-
nation of White Ribbon events includ-
ing a Bridge to Bridge Run/Walk in
Canberra on White Ribbon Day last year.
CN VADM Ray Griggs, a White
Ribbon ambassador himself, set the
challenge in 2011 for Navy members to
support this important organisation.
“Navy is an organisation that rejects
violence against women. We are com-
mitted to eliminating violence against
women within Navy and supporting its
elimination in the broader community,”
VADM Griggs said.
“Navy has joined as part of the White
Ribbon workplace accreditation program
and is active in supporting White Ribbon
events and activities, such as this confer-
Navy also took the opportunity to
arrange for one of the conference key-
note speakers, Jackson Katz, to conduct
presentations to senior leadership mem-
bers and ships’ crews
Budget brings bright future for capability
Let’s make a change
FUTURE PLAN: Full-time ADF numbers are set to grow over the
Photo: POIS Ollie Garside
NO SIGN: HMAS Choules
and her embarked MRH-90
assisted in the search.
Photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
STRONG MESSAGE: Above, Dr Jackson Katz addresses attendees at the
White Ribbon Day seminar at Fleet Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul. Left, A
Navy member holds the White Ribbon Pin of violence prevention.
Photos: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
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