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Australian Defence Force

The ADF Tri-Service Flag
NameAustralian Defence Force
CaptionThe ADF Tri-Service Flag
Caption2The ADF Tri-Service Badge
Current Form1976 (ADF established)
BranchesRoyal Australian Navy
Australian Army
Royal Australian Air Force
HeadquartersPart of the Australian Defence Organisation
Commander-in-chiefGovernor-General Quentin Bryce as Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia's representative
MinisterStephen Smith
Minister TitleMinister for Defence
CommanderAir Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC, AFC
Commander TitleChief of the Defence Force
Chief Of StaffLieutenant General David Hurley, AC, DSC (CDF Designate)
Age16.5 years of age for selection process, 17 years of age is actual serving age (As of 2007)
Manpower Data2009 est.
Manpower Age16 � 49
Available F4,870,043
Fit F4,179,659
Reaching F137,333
Reserve21,248 (Active)
22,166 (Standby)
Deployed3,300 (July 2010)
Amount  (2010 � 11)
Domestic SuppliersBAE Systems Australia
Thales Australia
Foreign Suppliers1. United States
2. Canada
3. United Kingdom
ExportsConfidential but thought to be around A$600 million.
HistoryMilitary history of Australia
RanksAustralian Defence Force ranks and insignia

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of Australia. It consists of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and a number of 'tri-service' units.

During the first decades of the 20th century, the Australian Government established three separate armed services. Each service had an independent chain of command. In 1976, the government made a strategic change and established the ADF to place the services under a single headquarters. Over time, the degree of integration has increased and tri-service headquarters, logistics and training institutions have supplanted many single-service establishments.

The ADF is technologically sophisticated but relatively small. Although the ADF's 57,697 full-time active-duty personnel, 21,248 active reserves and 22,166 standby reserves make it the largest military in Oceania, it is still smaller than most Asian militaries. Nonetheless, the ADF is supported by a significant budget by worldwide standards and is able to deploy forces in multiple locations outside Australia.

Australian Defence Force Video

ADF - Australian Defence Force - War heroes remembrance song. You can download a free mp3 file of the song. Also, free music sheets available for commemorative purposes. Email: Australian Defence Force tribute. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of Australia. It consists of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and a number of 'tri-service' units. News from Associated Press 8th June 2010 - Two Australian soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan, the worst fatalities the country has suffered in a single day during military deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday. The men were among a total of 10 International Security Assistance Force troops, including seven Americans, killed in separate attacks on Monday on the deadliest day of the year for foreign forces in Afghanistan. A US civilian contractor who trains Afghan police also died in a brazen suicide assault. It was the first multiple fatalities Australia has suffered in a day in either Afghanistan or Iraq, Acting Defense Force Chief Lt. Gen. David Hurley told reporters in the capital Canberra. The deaths bring Australia's casualty toll in Afghanistan to 13 since 2001. Combat engineers Darren Smith and Jacob Moerland died after their foot patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) as they returned to base in the Mirabad <b>...</b>
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Major combat operations involving Special Forces and Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force targeting Taliban insurgents have been completed. Aussie troops in Afghanistan engage in a gun fight with the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan, killing approx. 20 insurgents and wounding another 15.
1.35 min. | 4.71 user rating A video of Army basic training at Kapooka.
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The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, today congratulated the crew of the Australian submarine, HMAS Waller, for being the first submarine to successfully fire a new heavyweight torpedo that has been jointly developed by Australia and the United States (US). The firing occurred during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise involving multiple Navies off the coast of Hawaii between late June and late July, this controlled exercise resulted in the planned sinking of a retired US warship.
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A small combination of primarily Australian Defence Force Footage
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PTQ of Royal Australian Air Force Super Hornet
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Royal Australian Air Force B737 Wedgetail Military Aircraft
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Do you think you're up for the challenge? Get an insight into the Airfield Defence Guard basic training course which is one of the most physically demanding in the Australian Defence Force. Hear it straight from the staff and trainees who have done the hard work. Get some advice on the hardest course you will ever do - and how to prepare, survive and pass it!
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Afghan security troops and Australian Special Forces have conducted disruption operations in southern Afghanistan that successfully targeted Taliban networks in an insurgent stronghold in northern Kandahar province. The large scale offensive against Taliban insurgents in the district of Shah Wali Kot, was part of ISAF's HAMKARI initiative, an ongoing civil-military activity aimed at bringing security, governance and economic opportunity to the people of Kandahar. The five-day Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and Special Operations Task Group operation involved heavy fighting against insurgents resulting in the deaths of a significant number of insurgents. On day two, the large-scale contact lasted over thirteen hours. On arrival by helicopter, the combined force was immediately engaged by insurgents using small arms and machine gun fire. Over a four and a half hour period, the Taliban used concealed fighting positions and access to aqueducts and creek lines to bring sustained fire against the coalition force. The combined force suffered two casualties from gunshot wounds; one Australian soldier was wounded in the arm while a partnered Afghan ANSF officer was struck in the side. While under fire from insurgents, both were rapidly aero medically evacuated to Tarin Kowt where they are recovering. The Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General John Cantwell, said the combined force had dealt a major blow to the insurgent forces and their commanders <b>...</b>
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Australian Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) soldiers based in Oruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan, have successfully repelled repeated Taliban extremist attacks against a new construction project over the past few days. The fighting occurred near the mouth of the Baluchi Valley, approximately 15kms from Tarin Kowt, where RTF engineers are building a patrol base for the Afghan National Army. RTF Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel David Wainwright said the sporadic probing and fighting occurred over a period of several days culminating with an RPG attack onto the construction site. "The insurgents challenged our security position intensely," Lieutenant Colonel Wainwright said. "The RTF soldiers immediately responded to their attacks and followed up in subsequent days with aggressive patrolling throughout the area." Taliban extremists conducted unsuccessful simultaneous attacks from different directions onto the Australian position. The Australians utilised both their ASLAV vehicles as well as mortars to repel the extremist assaults. The RTF security patrol's aggressive response caused the enemy to break off their attack, abandoning their weapons in hastily prepared caches which were later uncovered through an aggressive patrolling campaign by the members of the RTF. Media Note: An Army Combat Cameraman was able to record the action as night fell and subsequent patrolling activities in the following days. The vision includes the RTF's response to the RPG attack <b>...</b>
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Special forces soldiers wounded - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--AN Australian soldier has been seriously injured and three others wounded during operations in Afghanistan. The -Australian Defence Force- has confirmed the ... - Date : Mon, 25 Oct 2010 01:40:28 GMT+00:00
Defence flare found on beach - The Gympie Times Tweet this news
The Gympie Times--The -Australian Defence Force- “Mark 58 marine marker” was first discovered on the beach on Friday afternoon but an emergency situation was not declared until ... - Date : Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:20:39 GMT+00:00
More defence staff return from Afghanistan - ABC Local Tweet this news
ABC Local--About 30 -Australian Defence Force- (ADF) personnel have returned to Brisbane after a six-month deployment in Afghanistan. ... - Date : Mon, 25 Oct 2010 02:31:14 GMT+00:00
DA criticises defence bill amendment - Independent Online Tweet this news
Independent Online--Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has been criticised as wanting to turn the South African national -defence force- into a "state within a state". ... - Date : Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:06:31 GMT+00:00
Defence force ill-equipped - Daily Telegraph Tweet this news
Daily Telegraph---AUSTRALIA'S defence- forces are so ill-equipped soldiers would be forced to "throw rocks'' at the enemy if the country was ever involved in a "stoush", ... - Date : Mon, 25 Oct 2010 04:28:43 GMT+00:00
More than half of the Defence Personnel in Australia are Overweight - TopNews United Kingdom Tweet this news
TopNews United Kingdom--As per the recent -Australian Defence Force- figures, about 48% of the defence personnel are overweight, while nearly 14% falls in the obese category. ... - Date : Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:30:41 GMT+00:00
Almost half of Defence Force overweight - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--(-Australian Defence Force-) The -Australian Defence Force- says 48 per cent of its personnel are overweight. Liberal Senator Guy Barnett says the percentage is ... - Date : Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:46:27 GMT+00:00
Defence says most WikiLeaks material already public - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--The -Australian Defence Force- says much of the information released by WikiLeaks about the Afghanistan war had already been made public. ... - Date : Tue, 26 Oct 2010 07:06:05 GMT+00:00

Personnel numbers :
Service Permanent Active Reserve Total
Navy 13,828 2,142 15,970
Army 29,339 16,227 45,566
Air Force 14,530 2,879 17,409
Total 57,697 21,248 78,945

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