HMAS Adelaide has become home to military personnel from six different nations during her transit to Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018.
In addition to the ship’s normal complement of roughly 400 personnel, almost 50 United States Marines, 25 Sri Lankan Navy Marines and more than 40 Royal Tongan Marines are also aboard, working with their counterparts from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) as a combined land forces element.
Two officers from the Royal New Zealand Navy and a Captain from the Canadian Army are also aboard, living and working in Adelaide’s current community of over 680 people.
Lieutenant Jackson Healy of 2RAR found the transit was a valuable to time for the land forces element nations to become familiar with each other.
“The land force elements have been conducting a lot of interoperability and familiarisation training, including dry combat shooting, urban training throughout the ship and medical training with their medics and Ship’s Medical Emergency Teams (SMETs),” he said.
“The team from 2RAR have also conducted physical training with members of the other nations and began to build a strong, healthy and competitive spirit.”
“The real benefit of sailing to Hawaii together will be apparent once RIMPAC starts with robust relationships already established.” Lieutenant Healy said.
Sailing with Adelaide in a joint task group are HMA Ships Melbourne, Success and Toowoomba as well as HMNZS Te Mana and HMCS Vancouver of the Royal New Zealand and Royal Canadian Navies respectively.
The entire force will arrive in Hawaii in late June for more than a month of joint exercises in humanitarian aid and disaster relief, maritime security and complex war fighting.
RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise with over 47 ships and 26 nations expected to participate.