RAN Participation in Exercise KOMODO concludes

The third iteration of Multilateral Naval Exercise KOMODO (MNEK) has drawn to a close off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. The shore phase of the exercise saw participant nations conduct a city parade, cultural and sporting events, and engagement activities. On completion, warships joined for two days of practical exercises at sea. HMAS Anzac sailed in formation with 33 other warships, bound for the designated exercise area before a sail past on the final day marked the close of MNEK 2018. For 2018, the overarching theme of the exercise was…

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Royal Australian Navy Ships visit Vietnam

HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success have completed a port visit to Vietnam, as part of a three month South East Asia deployment. During the port visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Anzac, Toowoomba and Success conducted a logistic resupply and local engagement with Vietnam People’s Armed Forces and local government officials. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said Anzac, Toowoomba and Success’ deployment provided an opportunity to continue to build a working relationship with Vietnamese counterparts and engagement with Australia’s ASEAN partners. “I am particularly pleased that…

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HMAS AE1 remembered by two Navies

HMAS Toowoomba and HMS Sutherland have held simultaneous memorial services in honor of the lives lost during the sinking of Australia’s first submarine. The crews of both ships attended small ceremonies as they transited past the site of HMAS AE1 and its 35 crew members who went missing off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea in September 1914. HMAS AE1 was Australia’s first naval loss of World War One and the country’s oldest maritime war mystery before the submarine was discovered in December 2017. The…

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Toowoomba concludes MASTEX 17

HMAS Toowoomba has successfully concluded the week-long Exercise MASTEX 17, held at the Royal Malaysian Navy Western Fleet base of Lumut. The exercise is the only bilateral maritime exercise conducted between the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy, commencing with the harbour phase and ceremony, prior to the fleet undertaking a three-day sea phase. The Commanding Officer of Toowoomba, Commander Stuart Watters said the exercise involved 500 Australian and Malaysian personnel. “MASTEX enhanced interoperability and mutual understanding between the navies in selected facets of naval operations through the conduct of graduated…

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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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Proliferation security initiatives come to Cairns

Navy has been in the thick of Australia’s commitment to international proliferation security initiatives, helping host Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR 17 in Cairns. It was an early start for the officers and crew of HMAS Toowoomba as they made preparations to come alongside HMAS Cairns to provide support to the counter-arms proliferation activity which is part of efforts since 2003 to build capacity through a global effort to counter illicit trade in technology for weapons of mass destruction. Approximately 150 delegates from 21 different countries looked on from Toowoomba’s flight deck…

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Regional military cooperation strengthened

A group of warships departed Sydney on 4 September to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region – grouped as Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. Running from 4 September to 26 November, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will focus on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. More than 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel will participate, which is being led by Canberra class amphibious ship…

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Success Flexes Mariner Skills

HMAS Success has been doing what she does best by providing much-needed supplies to the Fleet. Since January she has conducted 55 replenishments at sea and delivered approximately 6.5 million liters of fuel. During EXERCISE TALISMAN SABRE 17, Success flexed her mariner skills by achieving a three-point replenishment, where the ship simultaneously replenished two ships with fuel, while consigned cargo was transferred by the ship’s MRH90, multi-role helicopter. In one particular day, Success transferred approximately 1.5 million liters of fuel and 20,800 kg of fresh produce to HMA Ship’s Darwin,…

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