Navy begins shift to task groups

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMA Ships Canberra, Ballarat and Success along with HMNZS Te Kaha operate together off the Queensland coast with the aim of strengthening Task Group operating procedures.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)
HMA Ships Canberra, Ballarat and Success along with HMNZS Te Kaha operate together off the Queensland coast with the aim of strengthening Task Group operating procedures.

HMA Ships Canberra, Ballarat and Success have deployed with the Royal
New Zealand Navy's HMNZS Te Kaha, to take part in Navy's first task
group certification.

The task group was tested across the five warfare domains: land, air,
maritime, space and cyber.

Commodore Warfare, Commodore Mal Wise, said he was impressed with the
group's performance.

"Clearly the key elements of the task group had spent considerable time
thinking about the challenges and they developed some original thinking
to exploit those opportunities," Commodore Wise said.


"What that does is allow us to bring the task group together much more
effectively.

"There is certainly much to learn but I think the foundations have been
well laid."

Commodore Wise was onboard Canberra to assess the certification process.


"We have created a model to test and certify the task group. We tested
and refined that model across the full spectrum of warfare and we will
put it to the full test during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2017," he said.

TALISMAN SABRE is a biennial joint military exercise between Australia
and the United States.

"By 2018 Navy aims to generate and deploy self-supported and sustainable
maritime task groups capable of accomplishing the full spectrum of
maritime security operations," Commodore Wise said.

"This certification activity is a key milestone," he said.

"We have already made significant steps to achieve task group operation
but we have a long way to go and being able to measure that and support
the delivery of the four ships at sea into a task group is a key
component."