HMAS Anzac and French Ship FS Vendémiaire have conducted a passage exercise off the East coast of Australia to support training and build interoperability between Navies.
Both ships took the opportunity to conduct boat transfers and cross deck operations, where six personnel from each ship spent an afternoon experiencing life at sea in a foreign warship.
Onboard Vendémiaire, Anzac personnel were greeted by the Chief Engineer who took them on a tour of the ship, including the machinery control room, bakery, hangar, bridge, upper decks and wardroom.
Maritime Warfare Officer Sub Lieutenant Jemma Dart said it was a great experience to visit Vendémiaire.
“Talking to the ship’s company and sharing stories of the differences and many similarities between our respective Navies was the most rewarding part of the cross deck,” Sub Lieutenant Dart said.
During the passage the ships performed a light line transfer evolution for training and exchanged cultural and promotional gifts. This was followed by ship handling exercises known as Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres and tactical communication training.
As the sun started to set, a final boat transfer marked the end of the exercise. Personnel returned to their respective ships with plenty of new and exciting stories to share with their shipmates.
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operations Shuji Ushyama enjoyed the interaction with French counterparts.
“The visit to FS Vendémiaire was fantastic.
“I really enjoyed the comfort of the wardroom and the differences between respective ships,” Able Seaman Ushyama said.
Anzac is currently completing a three month deployment that will see the ship visit a number of ports in South East Asia in order to strengthen relationships and interoperability with some of Australia’s close partners in the region.