HMAS Adelaide III has marked her first visit to the city of Adelaide by delivering vehicles and personnel for the Australian Army’s Exercise HAMEL 2016.
The exercise is designed to ensure that Navy and Army can deploy an agile and enabled combat brigade, ready to undertake contingency or operational commitments.
Adelaide, the second of two Canberra class amphibious ships and the largest ever built for the Royal Australian Navy was commissioned on 4 December 2015.
The ships, also known as a Landing Helicopter Docks provide one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world.
“At 230 metres long, and more than 30 metres tall, the 27,000-tonne warship can land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores,” Captain Mandziy said.
“The ship is also well equipped for large-scale humanitarian and disaster relief missions featuring two operating theatres, an eight-bed critical care unit, resuscitation, pathology, radiology, x-ray, pharmacy and dental facilities.”
The Director General of Training and Doctrine for Army, Brigadier Mick Ryan, said the exercise was designed to develop, confirm, and evaluate the foundation warfighting skills of an Army Brigade.
“Each year, Exercise HAMEL tests an Army Brigade to ensure they are ready for future operations within a joint task force setting,” Brigadier Ryan said.
“This year, the Darwin and Adelaide-based 1st Brigade will be put through their paces to ensure they are ready to support a range of operational contingencies, from humanitarian assistance through to major combat operations.
“It tests not only our people but our equipment, training and systems and is the culmination of the previous year’s work in the Brigade and validates our soldiers as ready and prepared for deployment, anywhere in the world.”
Exercise HAMEL takes its name from a battle fought in France in 1918. This year it will involve over 8,000 members of the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army (Pacific) and the New Zealand Army.
This is the first year the exercise has been conducted in South Australia and is taking place in the Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla and the Cultana training area in June and July. Further information is available at: