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August 4, 2011
HMAS Toowoomba has commanded
a multinational exercise with Turkish
Navy vessels and French Mirage fight-
er aircraft in the Bab El Mandeb Strait
in the Middle East.
Exercise Scimitar Exocet was con-
ducted on July 22-23 near the Gulf of
Toowoomba's Commanding Officer
CMDR Andrew Quinn said the exercise
proved the RAN's interoperability with
the Turkish Navy against an airborne
"The exercise demonstrated the
Combined Maritime Force's (CMF)
resolve to maintain safe and unfettered
access for shipping through a vital inter-
national strait," CMDR Quinn said.
"The crew honed their skills just
before kicking off the exercise by
responding to a real world distress call
from a vessel's crew, which thought it
was under attack."
Just hours before the exercise began,
Toowoomba received a call from a mer-
chant vessel stating that it was under
The ship's Seahawk was launched
and, along with the ship, provided sur-
veillance and escort support to merchant
"The Middle East can be a very
demanding and volatile environment in
which to operate," CMDR Quinn said.
"To date, the crew of Toowoomba
has risen to every challenge in a profes-
sional and committed fashion, maintain-
ing Australia's highly respected position
as a coalition partner."
Toowoomba is deployed in support
of Operation Slipper in the Middle East,
operating as part of the CMF. The CMF
mission includes maritime security oper-
ations in the Gulf region, the maritime
environment around the Horn of Africa
and counter piracy and counter terrorism
operations in the Gulf of Aden.
Toowoomba has been on patrol
supporting the CMF since June 2.
HMAS Toowoomba sails
in company with Turkish
warship TCG Barbaros
during Exercise Scimitar
Exocet in the Middle East.
RHIB overturns off Darwin
Exercise Scimitar Exocet
held off Gulf of Aden
typical RAN RHIB.
Photo: LSIS Andrew Dakin
A GROUP of civilians and military
personnel involved in a RHIB incident
off Darwin on the morning of July 27
have been cleared of serious injury by
The RHIB overturned as it was in the
process of transferring members of the
Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal,
support staff and ADF personnel from
HMAS Maitland to HMAS Darwin.
Five members of the Tribunal visit
team were taken to hospital. All have
since been released.
A formal Inquiry under the Defence
Inquiry Regulations will be convened
to investigate the circumstances of the
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