Trans-Tasman ties strengthened

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Will Singer (author)

Topic(s): MRH-90 Taipan, HMAS Adelaide (L01), Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER

A Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter approaches the flight deck of Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Te Kaha, during Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017. (photo: Unknown)
A Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter approaches the flight deck of Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Te Kaha, during Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017.

HMAS Adelaide’s embarked MRH-90 Taipan multi-role helicopter brought to life the ship’s motto, ‘United for the Common Good’ conducting cross-deck operations with a New Zealand frigate.
 
HMNZS Te Kaha helped reinforce interoperability between ‘the Anzacs’ emphasising the strong friendship with the New Zealand Defence Force over the last century.

Te Kaha’s Commanding Officer Commander Stephen Lenik said that the his ship's tasks were directly contributing to the New Zealand Defence Force mission.

“Securing these interests from the sea is the Navy’s contribution to New Zealand’s security," Commander Stephen Lenik said.
 
"Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER has allowed Te Kaha to develop the capacity to conduct naval warfare across the spectrum of operations alongside our long-standing friends in the Royal Australian Navy.

“The recent helicopter operations with the MRH-90 is but one example of the continual generation of maritime operational capability. 

“The success of the cross-deck gave the Commander of the Task Group another level of flexibility and a broader range of aviation options,” he said.

MRH-90 helicopter pilot, Lieutenant Adam Jameson said that the evolution was unique to the exercise.

“The cross-deck operation to HMNZS Te Kaha provided an extraordinary opportunity for the MRH-90 aircrew to practice frigate based operations,” he said.

The manoeuvre provided a challenge to the pilots compared with their relatively stable mothership, the Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship, Adelaide.

“The visit proved to be a success in terms of interoperability with the Royal New Zealand Navy and was affirmation of the professionalism of our Kiwi counterparts."
 
Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER wrapped up on Friday 10 March after two weeks of intensive war fighting training.