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April 14, 2011
...storm front passes
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
AUSTRALIA'S Fleet is better
prepared for action as a result of
intense training during Exercise
Triton Storm II.
Six RAN and Royal New Zealand
Navy Anzac-class frigates thundered
through an action-packed week as
the west coast-based maritime exer-
cise ended in early April.
The Australian contingent includ-
ed HMA Ships Perth, which was
undergoing its Anti-Ship Missile
Defence (ASMD) trials (see page 4),
Toowoomba, which was progress-
ing toward mission readiness, and
Parramatta and Ballarat, both of
which were preparing for interna-
HMAS Sirius was also involved
in the exercise, providing tactical
HMNZ Ships Te Mana and Te
Kaha also took the chance to work
in-company with the Australian
Te Mana gained unit readiness,
while both ships gained valuable
warfighting experience in a multi-
unit, multi-threat environment.
The involvement of HMAS
Waller added a touch of realism to
the ships' combined anti-submarine
exercises, with the operations room
focusing on tracking and fighting
Seahawk flight crews from
Parramatta and Toowoomba used
Waller's involvement to hone their
anti-submarine warfare skills.
Navy took the lead in the joint
maritime exercise, while RAAF and
Royal New Zealand Air Force units
were also significantly involved,
including AP-3C and P3K Orions,
Hawks and F/A-18 jets.
Exercise Director CAPT John
Vandyke said the exercise provided
valuable training to all participants.
"With the number of ships operat-
ing as part of this exercise, we have
achieved some excellent outcomes
from such a short period of concen-
trated training," he said.
"This includes the progression of
Perth's ASMD trials, multiple ships
and a submarine achieving unit read-
iness, as well as significant progress
of Toowoomba's mission readiness
In an example of the exercise's
intensity, surface ships were required
to maintain fuel capacity at more
than 85 per cent.
Sirius was kept busy with both
dual and single replenishments as
the ships maintained tactical RAS
The high number of ships in
training, along with the intensity
of the program, provided valuable
opportunities to improve in a wide
range of disciplines.
Bunks were filled in every ship
with sea-riders for competency log
progression, allowing sailors and
officers requiring sea time to re-qual-
ify in specific disciplines. Various
trials programs were also held.
The Triton series of exercises is a
result of the Fleet Operating Concept
launched last July by COMAUSFLT.
It features Triton Storm I and II,
Triton Fury and Triton Warrior.
All hands on deck as...
FLYING THE FLAG: ABCIS Darren McFadden prepares to lower the
Australian White Ensign aboard HMAS Parramatta during Triton Storm II.
Photos: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
ALL ACTION: (Top, left to right) CPOB Ian Nightingale and LEUT Brown;
SMNBM Cody Nicol; ABCIS Jamie Ehlers; HMAS Parramatta's forecastle
party falls in on departure from Fleet Base West.
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