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Minister for Veterans' Affairs .6 million innovation contract to develop counter-IED technology 7 Dec 17 (6 Dec 17) Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced New South Wales-based company Ring IR Pty Ltd, would receive .6 million to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology to enhance Defence capability.
Minister Pyne said he through the Defence Innovation Hub funding Ring IR would develop a counter-improvised explosive device (IED) capability, which uses highly sensitive laser spectrometry technique to locate and identify the vapours exuded from explosives.
The Long Tan Cross was erected by Australian soldiers as a memorial to their fellow diggers who fought and died at the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966, Australia’s most costly single engagement in the Vietnam War.
It was removed from the Long Tan battle site some time after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
An Australian Defence Force member then travelled with the cross on its journey to Australia.
The Australian Government thanks the Government of Vietnam for its generous gift.
Thanks to the generosity of the Vietnamese Government, the Cross will now remain in Australia for perpetuity where it will be honoured, as we honour the men and women who served in the Vietnam War.
The Long Tan Cross will go on display at its new permanent home at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 6 December.
"Many of our pilots, air crews and maintainers have worked on this platform ensuring it provided 29 years of exceptional service to Navy.
Minister for Defence Industry Final flight of the S-70B-2 Seahawk 7 Dec 17 (4 Dec 17) Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan said the last S 70B-2 Seahawk ‘Bravo’ naval combat helicopter made its final flight today before being gifted to the Australian War Memorial (AWM).