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HMAS Canberra Operations Phase
18 Jul 2017
The Talisman Saber series of exercises is the principal Australian and United States Military Training activity focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity ‘high end’ war fighting. Exercise Talisman Saber is the largest combined, joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and provides invaluable experience to ADF personnel to improve combat training, readiness and interoperability, exposing participants to a wide spectrum of military capabilities and training experiences. The biennial exercise was conducted for the seventh time in 2017, involving more than 30,000 US and Australian participants, operating in the maritime, land and air environments.
HMAS Arunta Completes Deployment
14 Jul 2017
Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Arunta has completed a nine-month deployment to the Middle East and is returning to Australia. HMAS Arunta operates as part of the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces, predominantly tasked to support counter-terrorism and maritime security operations. Arunta is on her third deployment to the MER on Operation MANITOU. It is the 64th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy vessel to the region since 1990.
Australia and US train in the Top End
07 Jul 2017
The Northern Territory component of Exercise Talisman Saber 2017, called Field Training Exercise – North (FTX-N), takes place from 21 June to 7 July at Mount Bundey Training Area, over the skies of the NT and on the seas off Darwin. FTX-N is one of the largest military exercises in the Top End this year, involving more than 3,700 personnel and including the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.
HMAS Adelaide Departs From Dry Dock
29 Jun 2017
Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide moved into the dry dock at Navy’s Fleet Base East in May 2017. Following the docking, Defence undertook a range of activities including access to, and a detailed inspection of the propulsion pods, defect rectification and maintenance. HMAS Adelaide was undocked in late June 2017 and is set to undergo sea trials, it is expected she will return to her operational capability program over the months to follow. Defence has worked closely with the original equipment manufacturers – BAE, Navantia and Siemens – to identify the causes of the issues.
Exercise AUSINDEX 2017
23 Jun 2017
Exercise AUSINDEX 2017. Exercise AUSINDEX 2017 is the second iteration of our premier bilateral navy activity between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Indian Navy (IN) and was first held in India in 2015. 2017 will be the first iteration hosted by the RAN. AUSINDEX will be conducted over the period 13–19 June 17 and will be integrating HMA Ships Newcastle and Waller, Clearance Diving Team Four with Indian Navy Ships Shivalik and Kamorta into Royal Australian Navy operations. The aim of AUSINDEX is to strengthen and enhance mutual cooperation and understanding between the Indian Navy and RAN. It will provide opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of both navies. The sea phase of the exercise will be conducted off the West Australian Exercise Areas while the shore phase events will be conducted in a variety of locations in the vicinity of HMAS Stirling and Fremantle.
HMAS Arunta narcotics interdiction
14 Jun 2017
HMAS Arunta operates as part of the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces, predominately tasked to support Combined Task Force 150 for counter-terrorism and maritime security operations. Arunta is deployed on Operation MANITOU, supporting international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East region (MER). Arunta is on her third deployment to the MER and is the 64th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy vessel to the region since 1990.