The chefs onboard HMAS Choules have been busier than usual lately as the ship’s company and embarked forces are put through their paces in a major amphibious exercise off the coast of far north Queensland.
Naval personnel and units from Australia, Japan and the United States are enroute to participate in a tri-lateral maritime exercise, Pacific Bond 2013, that is due to take place from 22nd to 26th June, 2013.
Exercise Sea Lion 2013 has entered a critical phase with the go ahead being given for the Amphibious Task Force to rehearse evacuation of Australian citizens and foreign nationals from the troubled Tropicana Enclave.
The Royal Australian Navy is a step closer to being ‘Romeo ready’ after NUSQN725 aircrew successfully reached an important milestone in their MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter training.
Commander Leif Maxfield has assumed command of HMAS Tobruk, relieving Commander Tim Watson while the ship stopped over in Townsville on 7 June 2013.
Exercise SEA LION 2013 got underway on June 10 as HMAS Choules slipped out to sea with a complement of more than 400 Army and Navy personnel onboard, and various pieces of equipment firmly secured on the vehicle deck.
Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew Ardent Three seized upon a rare opportunity this week to qualify for aviation operations.