OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group forms up in Geographe Bay

March 7, 2019 – Residents of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay were greeted with an impressive sight as a task group of five ships taking part in Navy’s Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019 formed up in the bay to conduct briefings and preparations for the next phase of the exercise. Gracing the waters off Busselton was Navy’s flagship, HMAS Canberra, along with ‘battle tanker’ HMAS Success and frigates HMA Ships Newcastle, Parramatta and Stuart, as well as landing craft, seaboats and helicopters from the fleet of warships. The Mayor of Busselton, Councillor…

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Task group resupply completed at sea

For the first time during an exercise, Navy has conducted a maritime task group resupply without bringing a single ship alongside. Warships at anchor off HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay took delivery of food, personnel and equipment via LHD Landing Craft (LLC) to enable warfighting capability for more than 2,000 personnel during the final phase of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Supply Chain Danielle Williams of the Fleet Logistics Division said Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Canberra was instrumental to the resupply capability. “Embarking Light Landing Craft from…

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Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER comes to a close

The largest fleet training activity for 2018, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER has come to a successful close in Jervis Bay this week. In keeping with tradition, the exercise concluded with a tri-nation sports day on the grounds at HMAS Creswell on Sunday, following a spectacular fleet arrival of ten ships and embarked aircraft. Task Group Commander, Captain Paul O’Grady said the three-week activity resulted in multiple ships and aircraft forged into a highly effective and cooperative warfighting team. “Most importantly it has seen more than 2,000 men and women from three…

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VP-8 “Fighting Tigers” participate in major Australian navy fleet exercise Ocean Explorer

The “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) traveled to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Edinburgh in Adelaide, Australia to participate in Exercise Ocean Explorer, Feb. 25 to March 7. The second iteration of one the Australian navy’s largest war games included complex and diverse warfare scenarios in Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) exercises over a three week period. Ocean Explorer featured a complex web of maritime warfare training, trials and exercises, all designed to challenge the Navy’s top warfighters to achieve sea control.…

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Tri-nation Exercise for HMAS Toowoomba

HMAS Toowoomba has strengthened the Royal Australian Navy’s ties to international Navies after hosting personnel from the United Kingdom and New Zealand during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. A junior officer from each country worked onboard the frigate during Navy’s premier fleet warfighting activity to conduct formal warfare training and aviation familiarisation respectively. Ensign Sean Kerwick of the Royal New Zealand Navy has joined Toowoomba for a 12-month posting to complete training as a Maritime Warfare Officer. “Working onboard Toowoomba has been brilliant, there’s an excellent command team and personnel of…

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Practice makes perfect

Personnel in HMAS Canberra have wasted no time in honing their seamanship skills ahead of Navy’s premier war fighting activity. The ship sailed side-by-side with Western Australian-based Auxiliary Oiler HMAS Sirius for a Replenishment at Sea (RAS), an evolution which enables the transferring of personnel, stores and fuel. Safety supervisor for the RAS, Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Ritson Carr, said the training allowed sailors recently posted to the ship to gain valuable experience in a fundamental seamanship evolution. “For my sailors it’s their job to conduct line handling and take…

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Battle Tanker prepares to supply the Fleet

HMAS Success, the Royal Australian Navy’s Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) Tanker has sailed today ready to supply the fleet after an extended maintenance period alongside Fleet Base East, which included a scheduled docking. The 220 women and men of her ship’s company will be put through their paces by Sea Training Group over the next couple of weeks, to ensure that the ship’s company and ship are ready for her upcoming five-month deployment to South East Asia and Hawaii. The ‘Battle Tanker’ will be put to the test on damage…

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Torpedo firings on the mark

  March 20, 2017 – The Royal Australian Navy has tested its primary anti-submarine warfare weapon during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the coast of Western Australia recently. HMAS Melbourne, with the support of Collins class submarine HMAS Dechaineux, conducted three exercise firings of its MU90 torpedo. Staff Officer Force Anti-Submarine Warfare Lieutenant Commander Chris Straughan from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre embarked in Melbourne for the trial. Lieutenant Commander Straughan said the torpedo was designed to counter any type of nuclear or conventional submarine. “The MU90 torpedo provides the Royal Australian Navy with one…

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Adelaide’s fighting edge tested

HMAS Adelaide leads a close formation of warships from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy and the Spanish Armada during a photographic exercise, part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17, off the western coast of Australia. Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide lead from the front during the recent Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER. Exercising task group operations off the Western Australian coast, the landing helicopter dock was the centrepiece to war-fighting scenarios. En-route to the ‘war-zone’, the crews of Australian, New Zealand and Spanish Navies experienced realistic attacks by ‘enemy’ cruise…

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HMAS Parramatta tops up tanks

  March 11, 2017 – When you’re on the run from enemy submarines, defending against hostile aircraft, and fighting to maintain sea control, it’s always good to know that food, fuel and essential supplies are not far away. The worry is reduced even further when they’re delivered by close friends and neighbors with a reassuring smile. That was the case for Australian frigate HMAS Parramatta recently when she rendezvoused with Royal New Zealand Navy replenishment ship HMNZS Endeavour in the southern Indian Ocean. The two ships have been participating in the complex and multinational maritime warfare exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the Western Australian…

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Training to Fight – Navies Exercise off West Coast

February 27, 2017 – More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy. The inaugural Exercise Ocean Explorer will include international participants, adding the opportunity to practice war fighting with language, customs and technology differences. SPS Cristobal Colon, New Zealand’s HMNZS Te Kaha and Endeavour and, for a brief period, Italian frigate ITS Caribiniere will all integrate into the Australian scenarios. Exercise Director, Captain Jim Hutton said the activity aimed to train…

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