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The Sir John Monash Centre, Villers-Bretonneux

In December 2015, the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced that construction would begin on the new Sir John Monash Centre at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux, France.

This brand new interpretive centre will tell the story of Australian involvement in France and Belgium in the First World War. The Centre is named after General Sir John Monash, who led the Australian Corps with outstanding success on the Western Front in 1918, including the famous 4 July 1918 victory at Le Hamel, which transformed First World War tactics. Situated at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux, it will be linked inexorably to the site of Australian sacrifice in foreign fields.

Centenaries and anniversaries are popular times for new and refurbished museums. The new memorial museum at Verdun, for example, opened this year, and the Sir John Monash Centre will open for Anzac Day 2018.

The Centre looks like a fantastic layout already, with large investment in multi-media to give an immersive experience. You can see a preview of it here:

I’m excited to see how the project develops, and will no doubt go once it’s opened in 2018. I’m sure it will become a favourite stop on the battlefield tourist trail for European visitors, and a site of pilgrimage for Australians.

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F-35C makes first aircraft carrier landing

The US Navy has released a couple of videos showing the F-35C stealth fighter jet making its first arrested landing on an aircraft carrier, which you can see in the below video. The arrested landing is part of initial at-sea Developmental Testing I (DT-I) for the F-35C, which commenced on 3rd November 2014.

As an indicator of just how difficult this process can be, watch this second video. You can only imagine what it would be like trying to land a jet on a moving deck! The video also shows several touch and goes, whereby the aircraft briefly touches down on the deck without landing, all whilst moving seriously fast!

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