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LEUT Kelli Lunt
AFTER several weeks of intense train-
ing, in trying environmental condi-
tions, HMAS Melbourne fought val-
iantly for mission readiness as she pre-
pared for her forthcoming deployment.
Inclement weather, a condensed
timeframe for the training program
and adjacent Fleet activities created
some unique challenges as members
of the ship’s company proved their
ability to achieve the required compe-
The sea phase of Melbourne’s mis-
sion readiness work-up took place
over a two-week period in June.
More than 40 embarked personnel
from Sea Training Group added to the
ship’s complement of 230.
Mission readiness work-ups are
specifically designed to train personnel
using scenarios that incorporate expect-
ed challenges and potential exigencies
for each operational deployment.
Melbourne’s work-up culminated
in a three-day evaluation period where
the ship was assessed on its ability to
execute mission-related tasks as part
of a coalition taskforce while dealing
with associated contingencies.
Outgoing Commander Sea
Training – Major Fleet Units CAPT
Mick Harris said ships that underwent
a mission readiness evaluation could
expect the program to be challenging,
tiring and unpredictable, similar to
those experienced in real operational
“The ship has no idea what to
expect, or the order in which they will
receive the tasking,” CAPT Harris said.
“Sea Training Group controls
the ship for that period, and a mis-
sion readiness evaluation is the closest
emulation of operational tasking Navy
imposes within a training environment.
“For a ship to be deemed mission
ready, the assessed ship will be put
through its paces.
“This ranges from specific war-
fighting scenarios to international
“Each challenge and scenario push-
es a ship to develop contingencies,
which meet the competencies required
of them by Fleet Commander for their
Air operations was one of the ele-
ments assessed in Melbourne’s evalua-
tion. Melbourne’s embarked helicopter
Dominator was exposed to a range of
maritime interception operations in the
training scenarios during work-ups in
the East Australian Exercise Area and
confines of Jervis Bay.
The integration of air support is
frequently used during boarding oper-
ations by major fleet units and it is
critical that personnel are well trained.
Dominator proved to be a reliable
force multiplier for Melbourne and
conducted two surface search sorties a
day and provided close protection dur-
ing boarding scenarios.
the high seas
TIDAL WAVE: Crew of
HMAS Melbourne on
the front of the warship
(above) prepare to fire
lines across to connect
fuel hoses with HMAS
Sirius after Melbourne
is caught in high seas
(left) just outside of
Sydney Harbour during
Photos: CMDR Brian Delamont
Green is winched
onto the flight deck
of HMAS Melbourne
by the embarked
evaluation and (inset)
gun engages a surface
Photos: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
WITH just 10 weeks to go until the
International Fleet Review (IFR),
two more ships have joined the fes-
tivities and a redesigned IFR web-
site has been launched.
The US guided-missile cruis-
er USS Chosin and the People’s
Liberation Army Navy’s Qingdao, a
Luhu-class guided missile destroyer
from China, have confirmed their
attendance, taking the total number of
visiting warships to 23.
With the combined might of
the RAN’s ships and the tall ships
there will be a fleet of 60 arriving in
Sydney Harbour for the event being
held from October 3-11.
During open days on October
6 and 7, the public will have the
chance to visit both warships
and tall ships at Garden Island,
Barangaroo and Darling Harbour.
Australian and foreign warships,
plus the tall ships, will be open at
these events in a rare opportunity.
Images of all the participat-
ing ships can be seen on the newly
relaunched IFR website at www.
navy.gov.au/ifr – which provides
more detail and information about
the significant, commemorative
Two more ships sign up for review
AUSSIE BOUND: The
USS Chosin will join the
International Fleet Review
in Sydney in October.
Photo courtesy US Navy
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