In an update to our original article, about the temporary grounding of some F-35’s, Defence + Industry Magazine sought a response from Defence’ to the following questions “Could you please confirm that Australian F-35’s ‘were not’ implicated specifically in the 5 hypoxia-related incidents and that Australia Pilots ‘have not’ experienced hypoxia-related issues”.
An Australian Defence spokesperson has advised D+IM of the following information:
Local flights of F-35A from Luke Air Force Base were suspended by the US Air Force on 9 June 2017 to enable a comprehensive review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the physiological episodes recently reported. Pilots experiencing these episodes have reported hypoxia-like symptoms.
The Australian Senior National Representative at Luke Air Force Base concurred with the US Air Force decision and exercised his authority to suspend Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots from flying pending the outcomes from the review.
No Australian pilots have been affected by the episodes.
In each episode reported, the aircraft’s backup oxygen system operated as designed and each pilot followed the correct procedures, landing the aircraft safely.
Physiological episodes are experienced occasionally in other fighter aircraft. Aircrew receive appropriate training and employ procedures if they are affected by such episodes.
The global F-35 Program is still in the developmental phase and attention is quickly focused on identifying and remedying any system anomaly.
There are more than 200 F-35 aircraft already being flown by the US and Partner nations, with over 90,000 flight hours logged across operational and test aircraft.
Australia remains on track to deliver the F-35A Initial Operating Capability in December 2020.
The Invictus Coin
Australia’s two dollar coin has undergone an Invictus games Sydney 2018 makeover
Produced in partnership with Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the new coin will celebrate the unconquered spirit of wounded, injured and ill service personnel and veterans across Australia.
The Royal Australian Mint expects to release 2.3 million of the coins into public circulation over the coming months, ensuring they reach Australian’s wallets and change in time for Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to be held from 20 to 27 October.
As an Official Supporter of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the Mint is producing medals for the Games and will also release a series of commemorative products leading up to the event.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for serving and formerly serving military personnel who have become wounded, injured or ill during their military service. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women.
New Secretary of Defence Greg Moriarty takes over from Acting Secretary Mr Brendan Sargeant.
The ADF has a new Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty.
The Department of Defence has today warmly welcomed their new Secretary of the Department of Defence, Greg Moriarty.
The Departments facebook post advises Mr Moriarty brings a wealth of experience to the role and that prior to taking up the position of Secretary, Mr Moriarty served as Chief of Staff, and earlier as International and National Security Adviser, to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
He also served as the first Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Mr Moriarty has also held the positions of Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ambassador to both Indonesia and Iran.
We are looking forward to working with Mr Moriarty.
Prime Minister appoints Mr Greg Moriarty as Secretary of Defence.
The Prime Minister has announced the appointment of Mr Greg Moriarty as Secretary of Defence.
Mr Moriarty will take up his appointment on 4 September 2017.
Until then Brendan Sargeant will continue to act as Secretary.