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March 29, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
THE Navy's mission readiness was
put to the test in an intensive three-
week training exercise off the coast of
HMA Ships Ballarat, Newcastle,
Perth, Sirius, Warramunga and
Collins took part in Exercise Triton
Storm 2, which wound up on March
23.The exercise is the Navy's second
major warfare exercise of the year, and
the first to be conducted in the West
Australian Exercise Area (WAXA).
Her Majesty's New Zealand Ships
Endeavour and Te Kaha joined the
Australian fleet for the exercise
which aimed to test its in-company
war-fighting skills in realistic anti-air
warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and
naval gunfire support serials.
Triton Storm 2 allowed
participating units to test and train
competencies including navigation,
damage control, seamanship,
warfare, gunnery, replenishment at
sea, and in-company manoeuvring.
The inclusion of two oil
replenishment ships (Sirius and
Endeavour) allowed the fleet to
practice refuelling and resupplying
four warships at once, while underway
Navy's Commodore of Training
CDRE Daryl Bates said major
exercises such as Triton Storm 2 were
"In-company training is absolutely
vital for maintaining combat readiness
and safe practice throughout the fleet,"
"The opportunity to conduct this
training with our allies, New Zealand,
is invaluable, and the skills we train
this month will hold us in good stead
for future operations with our allies
around the world," CDRE Bates said.
SBLT Sarah West
AUSTRALIAN Clearance Diving
Team 4 (AUSCDT4) completed
an extensive month-long training
serial in February, which focused on
maintaining a high level of readiness
in the areas of underwater battle
damage repair and bomb search and
Exercise Mulgogger (West),
which is conducted annually at
HMAS Stirling and in surrounding
waters, put the divers through
their paces for 12 gruelling hours a
day during which they practised a
variety of specialist skills under the
water, on the surface and on land.
The skills practised included
diving and diving preparations,
wharf searches, the use of
underwater tools, underwater
salvage, land navigation and
medical casualty drills.
SGT Dave Morley
ABOUT 60 Navy members post-
ed to RAAF Base Wagga were
deployed on sandbagging tasks
as the Murrumbidgee River rose
quickly in early March.
SMN Jonathan Hartigan said he
felt sorry for the locals and didn't
mind helping at all.
"We were rained on the whole
time but it didn't slow us down,"
SMN Damien Glover said he
was charged with adrenalin the
"We went pretty hard the first
night, but even harder the next
night," he said.
"The people at the RAAF Base
looked after us really well too."
SMN Sam Price said it was good
to get out into the community to
"We worked a pretty long shift,
so we slept pretty well after that,"
"I was pretty inspired by SGT
Shane Marshall from RAAFSTT
and CPL Matthew Hopkins from
Commandant RMC-A BRIG
Dave Luhrs said it was good to
see all three colours of uniform
"What we do in uniform doesn't
get any more real than when we're
out in the community serving the
people," he said.
HANDS ON: From left, SMNATA
Damien Glover, SMNATA Sam
Price and SMNATV Jonathan
Hartigan who spent four hours fill-
ing sandbags. Photo: CPL Colin Dadd
MISSION READINESS: HMA Ships Newcastle and Warramunga pull up to stations one and two for replenishment at sea from HMAS Sirius, as
HMNZS Te Kaha takes up lifeguard station to the rear.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
Tests in the west
Clearance divers hone their skills
help at Wagga
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