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March 1, 2012
at Triton Storm
A COMBINED task group of RAN
and Royal New Zealand Navy
(RNZN) warships, maritime helicop-
ters and clearance divers have honed
their capacity for high-end war-fight-
ing during Exercise Triton Storm 12
off Jervis Bay.
Ex Triton Storm 12 (Phase One)
from February 13 to 24 involved
HMA Ships Ballarat, Huon, Yarra,
AUSCDT-1, and Squirrel helicopters
from 723 Squadron as well as HMNZ
ships Te Kaha and Endeavour.
Triton Storm served as an
important shake-down after the
annual break and marked another
vital step forward with important
training outcomes and operational
preparedness for Navy.
Operating east of Jervis Bay for the
first part of the exercise, the combined
task group conducted live firings,
seamanship evolutions, boarding
training, anti-aircraft exercises and
The exercise also featured highly
realistic air warfare scenarios involving
Air Force F/A-18 Hornets, Hawk jet-
fighters and surveillance aircraft.
Exercise Director CAPT Heath
Robertson said the Triton Storm series
provided valuable opportunities for
all the units involved to hone mariner
and war-fighting skills in a multi-unit,
"Triton Storm provides at-sea
opportunities across all training
domains, including individual training
for competency and qualification
achievement, as well as readiness
evaluations through batched work-ups
and collective training," he said.
Triton Storm (Phase Two)
involving HMA Ships Perth,
Ballarat, Warramunga, Sirius and
Collins, as well as the RNZN ships
Te Kaha and Endeavour will be
conducted from March 5 to 23.
This next phase will enable Perth
and the HMNZ ships Te Kaha and
Endeavour to undertake unit and
directed readiness evaluations.
EEING RED: AMBM
Matt Bennett fires a
un on HMAS Ballarat
uring the exercise;
eft, HMAS Ballarat
eft) and HMAS Huon
ight) participate in
Photos: Michael Brooke
Navy News will provide
additional coverage of the
exercise in the next edition.
HMAS Choules' ship's company is
ready for the challenge of embark-
ing and disembarking an Army
combat team for the first time
from the RAN's newest and big-
Exercises Sea Lion and Squad
Ex in far north Queensland this
month will mark Army's first
exposure to Choules, an 16,800-
tonne amphibious warship pro-
cured from the Royal Navy last
year.The exercises will hone
amphibious procedures for the
ADF's transition to a true expedi-
tionary capability in 2014 when
the 22,000-tonne Canberra-class
Landing Helicopter Docks are
scheduled to come into service.
CO Choules CMDR John
Cowan said their work-up pro-
gram would be conducted during
Squad Ex and the unit readiness
evaluation during Ex Sea Lion.
A major feature of the force
integration training is the transfer
of soldiers, vehicles and equip-
ment to landing craft for an
The exercises will be con-
ducted during Choules' work-up
program and mariner skills
evaluation, which are essential for
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