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HMAS Adelaide arrives in Adelaide
23 Jun 2016
HMAS Adelaide, the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) second Landing Helicopter Dock, has arrived in Adelaide for the first time in support of the Australian Army's Exercise Hamel 16 (EXH16). Exercise Hamel is crucial for the Army to test and evaluate its capability as a maritime strategy focused and capable organisation. Darwin's 1st Brigade will be put through their paces to ensure they are ready to support operational contingencies ranging from humanitarian assistance through to major combat operations as they enter the 'ready' stage of the Force Generation Cycle. On arrival, HMAS Adelaide disembarked around 900 soldiers, 90 vehicles and other related equipment. In total, EXH16 will involve approximately 8000 military personnel from the Australian Army, RAN, Australian Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army (Pacific) and the New Zealand Army. This will be the first year Exercise Hamel has been conducted in South Australia and will take place around Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla and the Cultana Training area from 26 June - 14 July 2016.
MH-60R landing on HMAS Perth
10 Jun 2016
MH-60R "Romeo" helicopter lands on board HMAS Perth as part of the pre deployment preparation for Operation MANITOU. The MH-60R “Romeo” is one of the most capable Anti-submarine /Anti-surface Warfare multi-mission helicopters in the world. Operation MANITOU marks the first deployment of the MH-60R "Romeo" Helicopter.
Arts to Recovery Program Concludes
10 Jun 2016
22 Army, Air Force and Navy personnel have been participating in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program at the University of Canberra, 16th May - 9th June. The ADF ARRTS program is an innovative arts-based recovery program for servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or become ill during his or her service. Participants have taken part in a series of creative workshops designed to assist their rehabilitation through expression. Workshops are focussed on music, creative writing and visual arts, building towards a final Showcase. The Showcase provides an opportunity for participants to display their achievements through a gallery of work and live performances on the final evening of the program. Since the program was first launched a year ago in partnership with the University of Canberra, over 60 ADF personnel have participated. They have been mentored by ADF professional artists, actors and the University’s creative staff.
HMAS Perth departs for Middle East Region
08 Jun 2016
Family and friends gathered at Fleet Base West, Rockingham to farewell HMAS Perth as she departed for the Middle East Region to relieve HMAS Darwin. The Commander Australian Fleet, RADM Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN and Commander Australian Surface Force, CDRE Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN were on hand and wished the ship’s company, led by Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, CAPT Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN safe passage. This is Perth’s first deployment to the Middle East, the first operational deployment of an ANZAC Class frigate following the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade and the first operational deployment for a Seahawk Romeo helicopter. Perth’s maiden voyage is the 63rd rotation of a Royal Australian Navy Fleet Unit to the region since 1990.
Exercise Sea Explorer
07 Jun 2016
HMAS Adelaide participated in Exercise Sea Explorer 2016 (EX SE16) from 25 May – 05 June off the coast of North Queensland as part of the certification process to determine its readiness to conduct amphibious operations. The second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), HMAS Adelaide deployed for the first time with a combined force to continue its integration into the Amphibious Ready Element (ARE). Partnered with the Townsville-based 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) elements, EX SE16 saw HMAS Adelaide provide the crucial platform to allow the conduct of amphibious landings via helicopters and LHD Landing Craft as part of the training exercise to test operational capability. EX SE16 also afforded the RAN Test and Evaluation Authority an opportunity to evaluate HMAS Adelaide against the required operational capability as well as the conduct of vehicle trials with the LHD Landing Craft. The Sea Series of Exercises, culminating with Exercise Sea Raider later in 2016, will test and evaluate HMAS Adelaide’s and HMAS Canberra’s preparedness as the core capability within Australia’s Amphibious Force.