Australia — Navy commences annual training program off east coast

Five ships with approx­i­mate­ly 600 sailors and offi­cers par­tic­i­pat­ing depart­ed Syd­ney Har­bour this morn­ing to com­mence Navy’s lat­est train­ing pro­gram, Exer­cise Tri­ton Storm.

The three frigates and two mine hunters will con­duct live fir­ings, sea­man­ship exer­cis­es, board­ing train­ing as well as anti-air­craft exer­cis­es and mine hunt­ing off the east coast of Jervis Bay, before sail­ing south to Tasmania.

Dur­ing the exer­cise, HMA Ships Dar­win, Bal­larat and Par­ra­mat­ta will inte­grate with RAAF air­craft includ­ing Hawks, F/A‑18s, AP-3C Ori­ons and Wed­getails dur­ing anti-air­craft seri­als. Coastal mine hunters, HMA Ships Dia­man­ti­na and Gas­coyne, will also oper­ate in Jervis Bay, test­ing crews’ abil­i­ties to search for, detect and clas­si­fy mock mines. Col­lec­tive­ly, all units will be test­ed on their pre­pared­ness for var­i­ous war­fare seri­als with­in the strict envi­ron­men­tal and safe­ty guide­lines used with­in Navy.

As the lead ship for the exer­cise, HMAS Parramatta’s crew are antic­i­pat­ing a busy peri­od Com­mand­ing Offi­cer Com­man­der Heath Robert­son said.

“My ship’s com­pa­ny is ready to take on all the chal­lenges of 2011. Oper­at­ing in com­pa­ny with oth­er ships and with the sup­port of the Air Force, it is an excit­ing start to the year. It will allow us to prac­tice our core skills to pre­pare us for any even­tu­al­i­ty,” he said.

“The months of plan­ning and the abil­i­ty of each of our sailors real­ly comes into play when you are oper­at­ing 3500-tonne war­ships with­in 500 yards of each oth­er. Life at sea can be a risky enter­prise, so we train to keep our sailors pre­pared and safe.”

As part of the exer­cise, the task group will tran­sit to var­i­ous ports in Tas­ma­nia to mark Tas­man­ian Navy Week; the key cel­e­bra­tions will be held between 11–14 February. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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