Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 – HMAS Newcastle fires an Standard Missile SM-2


HMA Ships Newcastle and Warramunga conducted missile firings on the Pacific Missile Range Facility

HMAS Newcastle fires an Standard Missile (SM-2) as part of the Surface to Air Missile Exercise (SAMEX) with HMAS Warramunga
HMAS Newcastle fires an Standard Missile (SM-2) as part of the Surface to Air Missile Exercise (SAMEX) with HMAS Warramunga.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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HMA Ships Newcastle and Warramunga conducted a SAMEX on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) to test the operation of integrated multi-ship defence against multiple targets with SM-2, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), Nulka and Chaff. Realistic targets (BQM-74E) representing a regional subsonic ASM were used.

Testing was conducted during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 Exercises, Hawaii.

The Australian Defence Force’s largest international maritime exercise, Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is designed to test interoperability with 14 Pacific Rim nations.

Approximately 1200 ADF personnel will be participating.

This year marks the 22nd RIMPAC. It is being hosted by the US Third Fleet over a five week period, finishing on the 1st August 2010.

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