Sea Series delivers a series of firsts

June 29, 2019 – In 2005, the then Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, described amphibious warfare as “the most complex proposition for the future of Australian Defence Force combat power development to 2025.” Fourteen years later in Exercises SEA EXPLORER and SEA RAIDER, Navy and the broader Australian Defence Force have demonstrated how they’ve stepped up to the challenge. These amphibious exercises were held in littoral areas between Townsville and Cairns in the lead up the multi-national exercise TALISMAN SABRE, to be held in July. The activities demonstrated…

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Australian and French warships exercise off Darwin

When more than 25,000 tonnes of steel in the shape of three warships exercise in close proximity to each other, it is an impressive example of each crew’s warfighting and seamanship skills. That display occurred when HMAS Newcastle trained with French Navy Ships Dixmude and Surcouf off the coast of Darwin recently. Newcastle practiced gunnery serials, officer of the watch maneuvers, communication exercises and replenishment at sea approaches with the two French vessels over a four-day period. Commanding Officer of Newcastle, Commander Anita Sellick, said exercises and engagements with foreign…

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