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LEUT Kelli Lunt
PERSONNEL from Sea Training
Group -- Major Fleet Unit (STG-MFU)
and their Royal New Zealand Navy
counterparts integrated their teams dur-
ing the work-ups for HMNZS Te Mana
and HMA Ships Tobruk and Stuart
from August 19 to September 20.
As part of Exercise Anzac, STG-
MFU personnel embarked Te Mana
to conduct a force integration training
phase with about 20 personnel from
the RNZN's Maritime Operational
Evaluation Team (MOET).
This was followed by a work-
up progress evaluation in company
with Tobruk, providing protection to
amphibious operations in Jervis Bay.
As part of the Anzac Collective
Training Cooperation Initiative, Te
Mana was joined by Stuart for a recip-
rocal combined team to progress her
toward unit readiness.
While Tobruk's work-up was not a
formal element of Exercise Anzac, the
concurrent activities were an oppor-
tunity for STG--MFU and MOET to
combine forces and establish a "super-
Commander Sea Training--MFU
CMDR Jonathon Ley said the common
Anzac-class platform and Te Mana and
Stuart's concurrent work-ups gave an
ideal opportunity to host the RNZN in
the Eastern Australian Exercise Area
and trial the concept.
"While there are some differences
in the operating procedures, Exercise
Anzac aims to establish the depth and
breadth of similarities between the
two navies and formalise collaborative
training processes for implementation
in the future," CMDR Ley said.
Collective team approach
"Working with the RNZN is a good
fit -- we have common and shared val-
ues, we're geographically close and
our military traditions, ethos and antip-
odean spirit are similar.
"Our navies operate together fur-
ther afield such as the Middle East so
training together makes it easier to
integrate off station."
CMDR Ley said working with a
neighbouring navy with so much in
common not only made sense but gave
RAN ships exposure to operating in
"Operational tempo and scheduling
can make it difficult to have other ships
available to support a ship conduct-
ing work-ups and evaluations, but task
group operations are very much a part
of future naval operations," he said.
"It remains a Sea Training Group
aspiration that every unit will have a
consort and operate in company during
the training period.
"The task group concept is some-
thing that everyone's got to be in step
with. Ships need to get used to work-
ing in company as the concept of task
group operations approaches in line
with our future capabilities."
Partnered training between the two
navies has been reduced to minimal
levels in recent years due to operation-
al commitments and emerging capabil-
ities, but was revived following talks
between COMTRAIN CDRE Michael
Noonan and the RNZN Maritime
Component Commander, CDRE John
Martin, in February.
A working group was established
to identify training opportunities and
from August 12-16 personnel met at
Training Force Headquarters to final-
ise a combined training program.
Commander MOET CMDR Keith
Robb said there were benefits to both
"After a hiatus of many years
where we haven't had the level of
engagement we have enjoyed in the
past including training, both nations
are keen to reengage and reinvigorate,"
CMDR Robb said.
"Both navies have resourcing
issues, be it personnel or assets, so
there is a real advantage in pooling
resources to maximise the effect and
allow more flexibility.
"The working group meeting ena-
bled us to brief each other on our
organisations, our philosophies and
operating procedures. It reconfirmed
we're not that diverse."
LOOKING ON: WO Greg Dennis, of STG-MFU, overlooks
a 5-inch gun firing exercise from inside HMNZS Te Mana's
TEAMWORK: LCDR Stephen Lenik, of RNZN's MOET,
with LCDR Andrew Pepper, of STG-MFU, inside HMNZS
Te Mana's operations room.
INSPECTION: CPO Willy Catterall, of RNZN's MOET, and WO
Greg Dennis, of STG-MFU, inspect a compartment in HMNZS
Te Mana to ensure it is secured for sea.
ALL ABOARD: Members of
STG-MFU prepare to take
a boat to transfer to HMAS
Tobruk for the ship's work-up
Photos: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
LEUTs Belinda Finlay
and Ami Hansen
The Meteorology and
Oceanography (METOC) commu-
nity's entire unclassified range of
training packages is now accessible
on the internet -- both on the DRN
The METOC community pro-
vides training in the fields of ocean-
ography and meteorology to a wide
range of specialisations and catego-
ries across Navy.
There is a notable overlap of
common material taught to each of
these specialised courses.
METOC decided to create a
modular-based system, where indi-
vidual modules could be drawn on
as required to meet the learning out-
comes of each course.
As part of this process all the
modules have been provided online.
The online modules can be used
by METOC instructors as learn-
ing tools. However the site also is
a resource for all Navy members
who need to have an understanding
of meteorology and oceanography
as a means of review and continued
Staff officer METOC capabil-
ity LCDR Richard Bean said the
METOC site could now be accessed
any time, anywhere.
"It allows Navy personnel to
revisit aspects of their METOC
training at a time that is convenient
to them," he said.
"Once a login has been created,
the site can be accessed by those at
sea and ashore so that key learning
outcomes can be revisited."
The site uses open source soft-
ware Moodle, which is a learning
management system used by many
universities for delivering course
The site hosts a wide range of
information from video clips to
online quizzes and there is a grow-
ing glossary of METOC terms and
Over the next year, the site will
continue to expand, making it a one-
stop-shop for METOC knowledge.
To access the training pack-
ages externally, members need a
login and password. These can be
obtained by emailing CPO Damian
Devine at damian.devine@defence.
This email should be sent from
a DRN account and include a
PMKeyS number as a means of vali-
dating access to the site.
Members also need to create an
individual account for the METOC
Moodle site. This can be done with
a DRN email account or by contact-
The METOC Moodle site can be found at
New site enhances access
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