Australian Navy dives into training with Sri Lankan counterparts

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Location(s): Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Topic(s): Training, Australian Clearance Diving Team FOUR, HMAS Success (OR 304), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers and their Sri Lankan counterparts pose for a group photograph after a day of Explosive Ordnance Disposal training as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 in Trincomolee, Sri Lanka. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers and their Sri Lankan counterparts pose for a group photograph after a day of Explosive Ordnance Disposal training as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 in Trincomolee, Sri Lanka.

A team of Navy clearance divers embarked in HMAS Success for INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 has taken the opportunity to strengthen ties with their Sri Lankan Navy counterparts through a joint training initiative.

Conducted at the Sri Lankan Navy Base in Trincomalee on the north-east coast of the island, the training involved a series of theoretical and practical-based activities, and the exchange of ideas based mainly on the disposal of improvised explosive devices.

Clearance Dive Team 4 Executive Officer Lieutenant James Leeds said the day provided a valuable opportunity for the two navies to share ideas and experiences in the field of ordnance disposal.

“We conducted a number of important serials with our counterparts from the Sri Lankan Navy,” he said.

“These included demolition serials both on land and underwater, as well as the interchange of IED disposal techniques in a classroom environment.

“By conducting activities such as this, we can see first-hand how the Sri Lankan Navy operates in this field, and likewise they were able to do the same with us.

“Both parties learned a lot from the activities,” Lieutenant Leeds said.

HMA Ships Success and Parramatta were in Trincomalee for four days, during which both ships’ companies participated in a number of official and social engagements with representatives from the Sri Lankan Navy, Army and Air Force.

INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 comprises a series of key engagements with Australia’s regional neighbours, and consists of a Joint Task Force of four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1000 ADF personnel.

Running from March until May, INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 aims to promote security and stability in the region through bilateral and multilateral engagement, training and capacity-building.

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