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HMAS Choules has conducted a series of amphibi-
ous drills and procedures including flight trials with
an embarked MRH-90 in her preparation for Exercise
The shake-down for Choules and the embarked
helicopter was conducted in Far North Queensland in
Choules’ crew built on experience gained from a
busy work-up program in April by rehearsing proce-
dures designed to further enhance the ADF’s amphibi-
CO Choules CMDR Ashley Papp said the shake-
down enabled Choules to demonstrate her ability to
operate over the horizon, using helicopters and landing
craft, to get soldiers and equipment ashore.
“Choules is now on target for participation in
two major lead-up amphibious exercises as well as
Exercise Talisman Sabre,” he said.
“There is tremendous excitement among the crew
who have worked hard to get the amphibious transport
vessel back to sea in time for Talisman Sabre, as well
as the potential for ADF taskings.”
A major focus of the training was the transfer of
soldiers, vehicles and equipment to landing craft and
helicopters for movement ashore, which were keenly
observed by Commander 3 Brigade BRIG Shane
The exercise marked another small but important
milestone for Choules, reaching more than 300 deck
landings with two Army Black Hawks from 5 Avn
Regt and 808SQN’s MRH-90 Poseidon 14.
Ship’s aviation officer LCDR John Sime said
Poseidon 14 flew more than 30 hours during the three
weeks it was embarked.
“During the time on board, the MRH-90 conducted a
series of practice deck landings, search and rescue
AT SEA: HMAS Choules
manoeuvres towards the
mexeflote off the coast
of Townsville in North
ALL ABOARD: Members of the
Weapons and Electrical Department on
the Forecastle zero-one deck.
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