January 25, 2017 – A Boatswains Mate mans the Browning 12.7mm machine gun on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Anzac during a Force Protection departure from Fleet Base.
HMAS Anzac departed Fleet Base East in Sydney for the first time in 2017 in style – in formation with HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta.
Anzac was heading for the East Australian Exercise Area, the Australian Defence Force training zone off the New South Wales coast.
Anzac’s first week at sea included a ‘shakedown’ period, designed to refresh the knowledge and training of ship’s company, in addition to teaching the ‘new joiners’ what is required in order to live and fight in the maritime environment.
The unique situation of living in a confined environment at sea brings with it additional challenges and risks with no outside assistance available should fires, floods or other damage occur.
Seaman Combat Systems Operator Katrina Whittle was excited to put into action lessons learnt during her initial training, after spending only a week at sea previously.
“Having only been at sea for one week last year, this past week has been exciting and eye-opening for me,” she said.
“It’s given me a taste of what being a Combat Systems Operator at sea is really like.”
Several warfare exercises were conducted while underway, including force protection harbor entries and air warfare training serials.
Upon her return to Fleet Base East, Anzac will embark members of Sea Training Group to commence a formal training and assessment phase. The Group are responsible for delivering effective training to the Navy’s Fleet, and will train and assess Anzac’s readiness across all disciplines.