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September 15, 2011
By SBLT Ryan Zerbe
MORE than 600 sailors have taken
part in Exercise Triton Fury, featuring
live firings, seamanship evolutions, and
anti-air and anti-submarine training in
the West Australian Exercise Area.
HMA Ships Perth, Newcastle and
Warramunga engaged airborne threats
from Air Force aircraft as well as subma-
rine threats from HMAS Farncomb from
August 22 -- September 9.
HMAS Sirius provided tactical
replenishment support to the surface
Navy's capacity to respond to threats
at sea was tested and guided by staff from
both Sea Training Group and Exercise
Control (EXCON) staff from Fleet
While all ships involved in Triton
Fury were trained to achieve and main-
tain a high standard of skills, Farncomb
and Warramunga's crew also underwent
Unit Readiness Workups.
EXCON was manned with east- and
west-based warfare staff on a 24-hour
basis for the duration of the exercise.
Commander Surface Task Group
CAPT Peter Scott said EXCON staff
assisted with the coordination of the exer-
cise, allowing the ships to benefit from an
intensive three-week training period.
"We want as much time as possible to
focus on training so we have to consist-
ently manage the logistics and scheduling
of all the ships and aircraft taking part,"
"A big part of our capability at sea
rests on our ships being able to work
together strategically in a shared space."
The ambitious training schedule
developed by EXCON and the fleet's
operations teams was designed to give
new personnel a chance to integrate into
their crew while also using their skills in
"The serials are designed to give our
ships and personnel training to operate in
company with other ships through their
participation in tactical warfare scenarios
and replenishments at sea," CAPT Scott
"The goal is to have our people
accomplished in what they do so if
they're needed to deploy they're ready to
do their job and to do it well."
Triton Fury is the third in the Triton
series of exercises, following Triton
Storm 1 and 2 earlier this year.
Most Anzac-class frigates have taken
part in at least one of the Triton exercises.
Two Adelaide-class ships, two mine
hunters and three Collins-class subma-
rines have also benefitted from the con-
tinuation training provided under the
Fleet Operating Concept.
Exercise Triton Warrior will complete
2011 fleet training off the east coast in
GUNNING IT: (Main image)
HMAS Warramunga's gunnery
department fires a 12.7mm
machine gun against an inbound
'enemy' aircraft as part of Exercise
Triton Fury in the West Australian
Exercise Area in early September.
Photos: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
WILD AND WOOLLY: (Left) ABBM
Joshua Jones braves the forecas-
tle of HMAS Warramunga to load
the CHAFF launchers during an
anti-air warfare serial.
FOCUSED ON THE TASK:
(Above) LEUT Ben Wellard acts as
the principal warfare officer during
an anti-air warfare serial.
FILLING UP: (Above)
The surface force
conducts a dual-RAS
and vertical replenish-
ment with a Seahawk
off the West Australian
AIR SUPPORT: (Left)
A Seahawk from 816
CDRE Stuart Mayer
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