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By LEUTs Kelli Lunt and
HMAS Warramunga has successfully fired
a new Harpoon Block II missile in what
was the first joint multi-national missile fir-
ing for the RAN during Exercise RIMPAC
The harpoon missile firing was part of a
coordinated evolution involving four ships
from three countries -- HMCS Calgary,
US Ships Chosin and Benfold, together
with Warramunga -- each firing one missile
towards the target, ex-USS New Orleans.
Commander of the Australian National
Command Element, CDRE Stuart Mayer,
commended the surface target engage-
ment and said their success reinforced the
RAN's fighting capability.
"Demonstrating an ability to employ
complex weapon systems in a challenging
environment, achieving the result that we
did, proves the Navy can be counted on to
deliver the capacity to fight and win in the
maritime environment," CDRE Mayer said.
The missiles were fired within 30 sec-
onds of each other into the 19,000 tonne
amphibious assault carrier.
Commander in charge of tactical devel-
opment for the RAN, CMDR Peter Bartlett,
said a total of seven harpoon missiles
were fired, including the second attack
using a RAAF AP-3C Orion and a USAF
"The harpoon missile firing was a most
successful event and an excellent demon-
stration of the close relationship and tacti-
cal cohesion the ADF enjoys with US and
Canadian forces," CMDR Bartlett said.
"The crew of Warramunga performed
in a most professional manner. Their
thorough preparation, diligent application
and teamwork made a very complex task
The estimated $15 million serial involv-
ing the three nations has been in develop-
ment and planning stages since 2007.
Although the RAN has used the har-
poon weapon system for more than 30
years, an Anzac class frigate has not actu-
ally fired a harpoon missile. A key differ-
ence in this new telemetry missile is that
Block II has GPS aided navigation, making
the weapon more accurate.
The USS New Orleans was the target
for a number of serials by various nations
and eventually sunk into the Pacific Ocean.
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