Reflections on Timor Leste

HMA Ships Toowoomba and Adelaide recently joined HMAS Darwin off the Timor Leste capital of Dili on the 18th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Task Force arrival for Operation INTERFET in 1999. All three ships are currently deployed as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group focused on security cooperation and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises. Throughout the day Toowoomba conducted routine harbour patrols in support of Adelaide while she unloaded medical stores for a Timor Leste Defence Force-hosted exercise. Four highly experienced crew…

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As HMAS Darwin participates in Indo-Pacific Endeavour, she carries with her a group of the Navy’s future leaders. Eleven warfare officers under training have embarked on a journey that will take them through the full range of experiences they are likely to encounter on a warship at sea. Darwin is designated as the Fleet training ship so, prior to her departure, all of Darwin’s spare bunks were quickly filled with trainees eager for some on-the-job experience. The junior officers are on their way to being warfare specialists, and some may…

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