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LEUT Grant McDuling
AS PART of her embed with the
US Navy's 7th Fleet USS George
Washington carrier strike group,
HMAS Sydney has been exercising
with a number of different navies,
giving her ship's company a unique
range of training opportunities.
Sydney's junior officers were
put through their paces under the
watchful eye of CO Sydney CMDR
Karl Brinckmann in rainy weather
off Japan last month when the ship
joined up at sea with the Arleigh
Burke-class destroyer USS Momsen.
CMDR Brinckmann said the
exercise in bridgemanship was a
good example of how exercises help
skill officers of the future.
"Working in company at sea is
the future for our navy," CMDR
"Once we take delivery of our
two new Canberra-class LHDs and
our new air warfare destroyers, the
way we operate at sea will change.
Instead of operating predominantly
as individual units, we will operate
as part of a task group and exercises
such as this will stand our up-and-
coming group of watchkeepers in
ASLT Matthew Graney found
station keeping with the US destroy-
er to be rewarding.
"My job was to assist the officer
of the watch to keep station with
the American ship, and to perform
dynamic operations such as wheel-
ing in formation and exchanging
positions," ASLT Graney said.
"Being able to practise these
manoeuvres in a training situation at
sea with a ship from a foreign navy
was an awesome experience."
ASLT Naomi Gammon agreed.
"Staying calm and in control
amid all the activity that takes place
on the bridge at times like these is
what it is all about," she said.
"My job was to keep watch on
the bridge wing and monitor the
distance between the two ships.
Having a precise understanding of
this allows the officer of the watch
to more accurately and dynamically
plan what to do next and when to
Sydney also exercised with the
Republic of Korea Navy and the
US Navy in a trilateral exercise that
gave the ship's crew the opportu-
nity to train and develop submarine
The exercise involved tracking
ROKN submarine Chang Bogo.
"For some of our combat system
operators, this was their first oppor-
tunity to track a real foreign subma-
rine," CMDR Brinckmann said.
"The purpose of the exercise was
to conduct coordinated operations
with the Korean submarine and a
US P-3 maritime patrol aircraft."
ABCSO Karlie Austin said the
ship was able to locate and track the
submarine from early in the morn-
ing on the first day.
"When I find a submarine, I feel
like a golfer who has just hit a hole-
in-one," she said.
"It's pretty cool when you locate
it. It's awesome when you are able
to put all your training into practice
and get results."
AB Austin works in the ship's
combat information centre where
she operates a sonar console and
regards her role as a submarine
hunter as vital.
"At the end of the day, a missile
can hurt us but a torpedo will kill
us," she said.
"In my job you need to know
what you have to do and how to
react and stay calm, especially in a
situation that goes deadly."
Sydney took the opportunity to
work with the Japanese Maritime
Self Defense Force during Exercise
The primary focus of the exer-
cise was tactical manoeuvring and
operational communication drills.
"Our officers of the watch
conducted air defence and anti-
submarine manoeuvres," CMDR
"We sent one of our bridge
watchkeeping officers, LEUT David
Hodge, to the Japanese destroyer
Murasame and in return, they sent
three of their junior officers to
Sydney. This provided both navies
with an opportunity to enhance skills
through sharing tactical techniques."
Japanese anti-submarine warfare
trainee, Ensign Natsuki Kawasaki,
said he was looking forward to his
time on board Sydney.
"I am interested in learning how
the Australian Navy operates," he
"I am also looking forward to
trying out the food."
Putting skills to the test
LOOK OUT: ASLT Matthew Graney
and ASLT Naomi Gammon determine
the range of HMAS Sydney from
USS Momsen (pictured below) during
officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres. Left,
ABCSO Karlie Austin works in the
operations room. Photos: LS Peter Thompson
SHIP SWAP: LEUT
David Hodge boards a
SH-60K Seahawk from
JMSDF Murasame during
Ex Nichi-Go Trident.
SHARING SKILLS: Ensign Koya Yotsuikari, LEUT Junior Grade Tao Masahiro, Ensign Natsuki Kawasaki,
of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, work with LCDR Jonathon Bannister, left, and POCSS
Douglas Hamilton, right, in Sydney's operations room.
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