Navy ready to respond during TALISMAN SABRE

This article has photo gallery Published on FLTLT Nicole Strachan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), ABAVN Susan Mossop (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02), Exercise TALISMAN SABRE

HMAS Canberra's flight deck team conduct crash on deck training during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 to ensure readiness for all occasions. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
HMAS Canberra's flight deck team conduct crash on deck training during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 to ensure readiness for all occasions.

HMAS Canberra’s aviation support team showed its specialised skills with a simulated crash on deck exercise during TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

From the moment the alarm sounds, the team is ready for one of the toughest events in a ship at sea: an emergency landing of a helicopter or a crash on deck. 

The team on board Canberra conducts this training regularly to maintain readiness, integrate new team members and enhance team work.

For the exercise, the team wore anti-flash protective gear and were poised to act. When the simulated helicopter hit the deck, the team jumped into action, taking just 90 seconds to put the fire out, secure the aircraft and recover survivors.

Lieutenant Commander Tony Hammond, Canberra’s officer in charge of flying, highlighted the importance of this exercise.

“Unlike other first responders, my crew’s responsibility is to the whole of Canberra. They are the primary team that ensures that any fire from the downed aircraft doesn’t extend to the rest of the ship,” Lieutenant Commander Hammond said.

During TALISMAN SABRE 2019, a range of helicopters will operate from Canberra during the amphibious operation phase.

Canberra can accommodate up to six helicopters on the flight deck at any time. These helicopters include the MRH90 Taipan, the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo, CH-47 Chinooks and the United States’ large MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

TALISMAN SABRE 2019 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
https://images.defence.gov.au