Two’s company for LHDs

The Navy’s two largest ships have departed Fleet Base East in Garden Island, Sydney today bound for exercises off Australia’s east coast and northern waters. Landing Helicopter Docks HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide departed simultaneously, but will soon go their separate ways to commence a series of amphibious warfare exercises and regional engagement in the South West Pacific respectively. Canberra will join with Australian Army elements to test the latest littoral combat capabilities off the Queensland central coast. Following a period of routine maintenance, Adelaide will spend the next few…

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South Pacific deployment beckons for HMAS Adelaide

HMAS Adelaide is preparing to embark on its longest deployment this year – a three month journey across the South Pacific to Hawaii and back called Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18). The deployment represents the second iteration of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour activity in which Adelaide has been the flagship. IPE18 begins at the end of the month and HMAS Adelaide’s Commanding Officer, CAPT Jonathan Earley says his crew are making final preparations for the journey. “We are very excited to be deploying again on this important activity in our region, having…

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South Pacific deployment beckons for HMAS Adelaide

HMAS Adelaide is preparing to embark on its longest deployment this year – a three month journey across the South Pacific to Hawaii and back called Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18). The deployment represents the second iteration of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour activity in which Adelaide has been the flagship. IPE18 begins at the end of the month and HMAS Adelaide’s Commanding Officer, CAPT Jonathan Earley says his crew are making final preparations for the journey. “We are very excited to be deploying again on this important activity in our region, having…

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A formidable presence on patrol

HMAS Adelaide has taken time during a busy schedule of training at sea to support wider border surveillance efforts. The Amphibious Assault Ship made use of embarked capability including Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats and an MRH-90 helicopter to patrol the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the Gippsland coast in Victoria. After departing her home port at Fleet Base East for several weeks of unit readiness evaluations, the ship sailed through Australia’s southeastern oil fields before making her maiden port visit to Melbourne. Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Earley, said…

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Sailing In Sync with Singapore

As a MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide touched down in a deck landing practice on the flight deck of RSS Supreme, Australia’s interoperability with the Singapore Armed Forces moved to a new level. Following the deck landing practice, HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin joined with their Singaporean Navy counterparts on Supreme in a passage exercise. Both Australian ships were in Singapore to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability with counterparts in the Singapore Armed Forces by embarking vehicles and soldiers on board Adelaide. Australia and Singapore have a strong…

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Strengthening interoperability in Singapore

HMAS Adelaide has visited Singapore to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability with the Singaporean Armed Forces. Australia and Singapore have a strong and long history of defense engagement and cooperation, founded on shared interests in security and stability in the region. Commanding Officer Adelaide Captain Jonathan Earley said he was pleased the ship could work with the Singaporeans again. “This visit allows us to build on aviation and landing craft training conducted last month between Adelaide and RSS Resolution while operating off the east coast of Australia,” he…

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Exercise enhances maritime security

Exercise LUMBAS is an annual bi-lateral exercise between the Australia and the Philippines, and is being undertaken concurrently to the Royal Australian Navy’s visit to the region. The long standing and close working relationship between Australia and the Philippines was reinforced with amphibious giant, HMAS Adelaide hosting a visit and capability briefing to participants. Royal Australian Navy, Philippine Navy and other Philippine Government Agencies aim to develop and enhance procedures for the conduct of maritime support operations and maritime interdiction operation throughout the Philippines as a result. HMA Ships Adelaide…

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Malaysian students visit HMAS Adelaide

More than 300 school students were treated to ship tours during HMAS Adelaide’s recent visit to Port Klang, Malaysia. Taking a break before their final school exams, students from the Tuanku Ja’afar Technical Institute were full of enthusiasm after their two hour road trip to visit the ship. Visit host Petty Officer Aircrewman Dean Kinna said it was great fun to show students around the ship. “They are really interested to know more about the Navy and Australia,” he said. The students were shown around Adelaide’s heavy and light vehicle…

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Capability milestone for replenishment ship

HMAS Sirius recently completed a major aviation capability milestone with her first helicopter passenger transfer. Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, was the first official passenger with a transfer from HMAS Adelaide to Sirius. Lieutenant Commander Warren Bowring, the newly appointed Maritime Logistics Officer in Sirius, was acting as one of the Helicopter Directors on the day and welcomed Rear Admiral Mayer onboard. “I feel honored to conduct this passenger transfer because Rear Admiral Mayer and I served together when he was the Commanding Officer in HMAS Anzac,” Lieutenant…

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HMAS Adelaide hosts President Duterte in the Philippines

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, the Secretary for National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and a delegation of senior government and military officials visited HMAS Adelaide today as Australia continues to work closely with the Government of the Philippines to counter the threat of terrorism in the region. Australia has a long history working with neighbouring nations including the Philippines to maintain regional security and counter terrorism in the Indo-Pacific. In June 2017, Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft commenced surveillance flights over the southern Philippines to collect information that is assisting…

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Philippines visit for Australian ships

HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin have arrived in the Philippines, with the larger ship welcoming a senior government and military delegation including Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the Secretary for National Defense Delfin Lorenzana. Australia has a long history working with neighboring nations including the Philippines to maintain regional security and counter-terrorism in the Indo-Pacific and continues to work closely with the Government of the Philippines to counter the threat of terrorism in the region In June 2017, Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft commenced surveillance flights over the…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour in Malaysia

Australian and Malaysia marked 25 years of Defence cooperation last week with a port visit and amphibious exercise as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17. On her maiden South East Asia deployment, HMAS Adelaide and the guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin received a warm reception from the Royal Malaysian Navy in Port Klang, Malaysia, while HMAS Toowoomba was welcomed to Lumut to support MASTEX 17. Adelaide’s arrival drew significant interest with around 900 visitors taking the opportunity for a closer look at one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest ships during the…

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China: Australian fleet must be wary of meddling in South China Sea affairs

As Australian media reported of late, six Australian naval ships carrying 1,200 personnel have sailed toward the South China Sea. It remains unclear how far the ships have moved into the disputed sea area. The fleet has departed for “Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017” with stops at Japan, South Korea and the Philippines in a biggest military operation of its kind for at least three decades. With only about 10,000 personnel, the three-month military exercises and visits by the Australian Navy is rather impressive in terms of scale, scope, preparation and duration.…

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All aboard the at-sea ambulance

It was her first time at sea when Sub Lieutenant Lauren Beaufils had the opportunity to participate in a medical evacuation exercise onboard HMAS Adelaide, with the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17 Task Group off the coast of Townsville. The Reserve Public Relations Officer was on her final phase of Reserve Entry Officers’ Course when the unique opportunity arose to be winched from a MRH-90 helicopter to HMAS Darwin and then return as a ‘patient’. Joining Sub Lieutenant Beaufils was Lieutenant Commander Brandon Ikimau, Fleet Operations Medical Staff Officer from Sea Training Group, who was overseeing the…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group ships arrive in Darwin

HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba, from the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 will arrive in Darwin Harbour today, en route to the Indo-Pacific region. With six ships and over 1300 personnel, Indo-Pacific Endeavour is the largest coordinated task group to deploy to the region for over 40 years. On 4 September, HMA Ships Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne, Parramatta, Toowoomba and Sirius sailed out of Sydney with Army force elements and ADF helicopters on board. Over the past 10 days, the Task Group has completed amphibious landing…

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