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June 7, 2012
MAJ Cameron Jamieson
ADF personnel are proving they are
made of "the white stuff" as part of
the Australian contingent to embark
on Pacific Partnership 2012 aboard the
massive white-painted US hospital ship
USNS Mercy during its stopover in
A team of 29 ADF command and
medical specialist personnel have joined
more than 1000 international military
and non-government organisation (NGO)
personnel on the ship.
Another 12 engineers are already
working on building an emergency care
facility and renovating a clinic on the
Indonesian island of Talaud as part of the
Australian contingent commander
CMDR Ken Walters said the contingent
had been warmly welcomed on board.
"We are a truly integrated force, with our
people working side by side with people
from the US, 13 partner nations and 23
NGOs," he said.
"The statistics for this mission are
staggering, and they are all aimed at
making things better for the lives of the
people in the host nations we will visit."
Now in its seventh year, Pacific
Partnership is an annual US Pacific
Fleet-sponsored training and readi-
ness mission drawing together partner
nations, host nations and NGOs to create
an Asia-Pacific collective to respond to
The mission will deliver medical, den-
tal, veterinary and engineering services
to locations in Indonesia, Philippines,
Vietnam and Cambodia during two-week
stops in each country.
White on track
ON THE WAY: POWTR Kylie Faulks, of HMAS Sirius, stands in front of her
home for the next six weeks -- USNS Mercy.
Photo: MAJ Cameron Jamieson
HMAS Darwin has set sail for
Exercise Rim of the Pacific
(RIMPAC) where she is scheduled
to conduct firings of the Evolved
Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and
torpedoes while embedded with the
USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.
Darwin was farewelled by more
than 300 family and friends from
Fleet Base East on May 25 to what
is shaping up to be a challenging
five-month deployment that includes
Exercises RIMPAC, Kakadu and
CO Darwin CMDR Brian
Schlegel said RIMPAC and the
associated activities provided an
opportunity for Navy to demonstrate
the capability, professionalism and
interoperability that is the corner-
stone of the organisation.
"We will spend considerable
time developing effective military to
military relationships in the region
during the deployment," CMDR
"We are scheduled to participate
in planning conferences, sporting
activities, receptions and, of course,
the air warfare, tactical communi-
cation, anti-submarine warfare that
will be conducted with the Nimitz
Carrier Strike Group.
"It will be a steep learning curve
as we perform our role within the
carrier strike group and hone our air
Embedding with the USS
Nimitz Strike Group will enable
Darwin to validate important les-
sons from Exercise Talisman Sabre
when she operated with the George
Washington Strike Group.
The embed will enhance coali-
tion interoperability by aligning key
systems and procedures while pre-
paring the RAN for the introduc-
tion of the Hobart-class Air Warfare
Destroyer and the reinvigoration of
high-end war fighting.
RIMPAC will give Darwin's
crew an opportunity to cross-deck
to Nimitz and US Navy Aegis-
equipped destroyers that will pro-
vide a glimpse of the capabilities
coming with the AWDs.
WEEO LCDR Dan Crocker said
the ESSM missile firings would be a
first for many of Darwin's new team
of electrical technicians.
"The missile exercise will be a
major milestone, because not many
of the crew have taken part in col-
lective training and live fire exer-
cises before," he said.
ABET Tom King joined Darwin
in April on his first deployment and
is looking forward to seeing new
ports while mastering new skills in a
AB King said his biggest chal-
lenge would be integrating with the
ship and the work team.
"Embedding with the US Navy
will be a steep but rewarding learn-
ing curve for me," he said.
While transiting to Pearl Harbor,
Darwin will visit Apia, Samoa,
to participate in the Samoan 50th
anniversary of independence cel-
ebrations followed by a short visit to
Setting sail for
the Pacific rim
ALL ABOARD: HMAS Darwin's ship's company members haul in the last line as she sails from Fleet
Base East on a four-month deployment.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
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