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June 24, 2010
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Kanimbla (CMDR Tim Byles)
set sail for Hawaii on June 9 where she
will 'Cry Havoc' among the 20,000
personnel, 34 surface ships, five subma-
rines and more than 100 aircraft from
14 countries participating in Exercise
Kanimbla's CO, CMDR Byles, said
RIMPAC was a great opportunity for
people, individually and collectively, to
participate in one of the largest maritime
exercises in the world.
"RIMPAC will mark an important
milestone for Kanimbla, which will be
one of only three amphibious platforms
in this large-scale joint exercise," CMDR
"For the first time Kanimbla is being
used to launch and recover a platoon of
US Marine Corps Amphibious Assault
Vehicles involved in a battalion size
Before she departed Fleet Base
East, Kanimbla opened her gangway to
Defence Materiel and Science Minister
Greg Combet and NSW Premier Kristina
Keneally, who announced a $75 million
investment by NSW to attract Defence-
related industry contracts and jobs.
Members of Kanimbla's ship's com-
pany had the opportunity to tell the
Premier about their roles and responsi-
bilities when she visited several areas
of the ship. Gap Year sailors SMNGXs
Alvin Forrest, Kate Tonacia and Phillipa
Robertson said Ms Keneally had a good
understanding of the Navy and the Gap
"She was really nice to talk to and
wanted to know what we thought of
our experience in the Navy so far," said
SMNGX Robertson, who wants to be a
Humanitarian aid bound for Samoa
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
THE ship's company of HMAS
Kanimbla (CMDR Tim Byles)
craned two fire trucks on board
recently, donated to assist a
post-tsunami effort overseas.
En route to Exercise RIMPAC,
Kanimbla delivered the two fire
trucks donated by the Melbourne
Metropolitan Fire Brigade to
the Samoa Fire and Emergency
Service Authority, in Samoa.
Kanimbla's CO, CMDR Byles,
said the ship's company were
eager to assist the region that
was devastated by multiple earth-
quakes and a tsunami last year.
"We are pleased to support
the ongoing relationship between
the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire
Brigade and the Samoa Fire and
Emergency Service Authority,"
CMDR Byles said.
Samoa was struck by an
8.3 magnitude earthquake on
September 30, 2009 -- further
earthquakes and a tsunami fol-
This is the second time the
Melbourne Metropolitan Fire
Brigade has donated fire trucks to
the region, the first of which was
delivered by HMAS Tobruk dur-
ing Op Samoa Assist.
Kanimbla left for RIMPAC on
June 9 and the fire trucks arrived
in Samoa on June 15.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE: NSW Premier Kristina Keneally chats with
(clockwise) SMNs Tonacia, Robertson, Gordon-Hall, Reid, Ireland and
Forrest of HMAS Kanimbla.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
GREAT CAUSE: Sailors stand at Procedure ALPHA on HMAS
Kanimbla's forecastle as the ship arrives in Apia, Samoa to
deliver the two fire trucks, while inset, members of the SAD
crane one of the trucks onto the ship's aft flight deck.
Photos: ABIS Sarah Williams and ABIS Dove Smithett
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