Task group resupply completed at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Max Logan (author), ABIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell

Topic(s): HMAS Creswell, HMAS Canberra (L02), Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER, LHD Landing Craft (LLC)

One of HMAS Canberra's LHD Landing Craft receives a stores transfer at HMAS Creswell's boat ramp during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. (photo: ABIS Tara Byrne)
One of HMAS Canberra's LHD Landing Craft receives a stores transfer at HMAS Creswell's boat ramp during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018.

For the first time during an exercise, Navy has conducted a maritime task group resupply without bringing a single ship alongside.

Warships at anchor off HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay took delivery of food, personnel and equipment via LHD Landing Craft (LLC) to enable warfighting capability for more than 2,000 personnel during the final phase of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018.

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Danielle Williams of the Fleet Logistics Division said Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Canberra was instrumental to the resupply capability.

“Embarking Light Landing Craft from the Landing Helicopter Dock ships is an efficient method of delivering and receiving stores,” she said.

“We can meet the capability required without the need to bring an entire ship alongside.

“Landing Helicopter Docks are a huge asset for the Navy.”

Logistics personnel also played a major role in the evolution with significant planning and coordination required to meet task group needs ahead of schedule.

“The logistics team received direction from the task group throughout the exercise and we’ve had to remain flexible to meet the requirements of specific units,” Petty Officer Williams said.

“It’s been challenging but rewarding now that everything is falling into place.”

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Danielle Williams of the Fleet Logistics Division at HMAS Creswell during the fleet resupply day for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018.

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Danielle Williams of the Fleet Logistics Division at HMAS Creswell during the fleet resupply day for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018.

Army personnel posted to HMAS Canberra were on the ground at HMAS Creswell to fulfil cargo and machinery requirements.

Lieutenant Cathal McCaffrey is the Cargo Troop Commander within the ship’s Amphibious Beach Element.

“The purpose of the evolution was to re-supply the fleet in preparation of the exercise ahead.

“We operated a variety of machinery and employed a team of cargo specialists to provide this capability,” Lieutenant McCaffrey said.

The exercise is one of the final stages of training in Navy’s shift to maintaining adaptive and responsive task groups.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20180403.