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August 5, 2010
Why do we 'do' RIMPAC?
It's all about preparedness and getting navies to
work together, whether it be for humanitarian assis-
tance, disaster relief or conflict. Freedom of the sea
Your Chief of Navy, VADM Russ Crane, often
points out that 95 per cent of trade flows through the
water space. That figure applies in Australia equally
as it does in the US and across the world. It sums
up why we are here. There's a firm commonality
between the US and Australian navies.
What's your take on the RAN's new amphibious
capability -- with the first of two LHDs due to come
on line as early as 2014?
They will give Australia the flexibility to step up
and work in your region as a leader and a stronger
world partner. One of the things the USN has spent
a lot of time on is re-integrating Navy and Marines.
I see a great alignment between Australia and the
US as we learn to re-integrate our marine and naval
One of the great successes during this RIMPAC
was the MISSILEX when HMA Ships Warramunga
and Newcastle conducted a missile firing exercise
in the Pacific Missile Range Facility as a test of
integrated multi-ship defence against multiple
targets using SM-2, Evolved Sea Sparrow and
I was very impressed with both ships. You have
taken the FFGs and refurbished them. They are world
class and superbly executed. It shows how profes-
sional the RAN is. When you have an SM2, that's a
real "reach out and touch me" capability.
What is the evolving threat?
We need to be prepared for future threats from
both land and sea. There is also the air and cyber
domain. The world is changing very rapidly.
What we are generating here at RIMPAC is the
capacity to operate anywhere in the world when we
are told to by our leaders.
-- Compiled by LCDR Fenn Kemp
US 3rd Fleet Admiral chats with Navy News
VADM Richard W. Hunt is in charge of the US 3rd Fleet, which
makes him the official host of RIMPAC. During the exercise,
VADM Hunt made an effort to visit every ship taking part -- that's
more than 30 deck landings and RHIB trips! But, as he tells Navy
News, RIMPAC is vital to keeping this part of the world safe.
By LCDR Fenn Kemp
THIS has been the last RIMPAC for
Navy's Sea Kings which are due to
retire in 2012 after nearly 30 years of
Three Sea Kings have taken part this
RIMPAC, based in HMAS Kanimbla
and, according to 817 Squadron's CO,
CMDR Paul Moggach, his people were
kept very busy during the exercise.
"We started out doing short logistics
movements of people and stores before
branching out into long range move-
ments of personnel, VIPs and equip-
ment," CMDR Moggach said.
"That's exactly what the Sea Kings
are designed to do -- provide maritime
support. We've been able to do that with
a number of different units."
The bulk of their work this RIMPAC
was carried out with the Amphibious
"USS Bonhomme Richard and USS
Cleveland were fantastic to work with,"
CMDR Moggach said.
"The aircrew have also increased
their knowledge of coalition aviation,
with operations conducted with numer-
ous ships from both the Amphibious
Task Group and the Carrier Strike Task
"The most significant were the land-
ings on Bonhomme Richard and USS
The Sea Kings began as anti-subma-
rine aircraft but over the years their role
has evolved to be significantly more ver-
satile. The aircraft have been flying with
the Australian Navy for about a third of
the time the RAN has been in existence.
CMDR Moggach said when the
time came to say goodbye, he and his
Squadron would be sad to see the Sea
"The Sea Kings are large, relatively
agile and responsive," he said.
"They have a great internal capacity
and an impressive external load capacity.
It all adds up to making the Sea King a
versatile aircraft for its role in the mari-
"I've been flying them now for
almost 19 years. They are fantastic
Sea Kings farewell
FAREWELL: SHARK 22 awaits refuelling on the flight deck of USS Ronald
Reagan during RIMPAC 2010.
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