Team Anzac tops up fleet training

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Robert Gould (author), ABCSO(U) Tara Byrne (photographer)

Topic(s): Training, Helicopters, MH-60R Seahawk, Ships, Boats and Submarines, HMAS Anzac (F150)

A Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flying at sunset during trials with HMAS Anzac. (photo: ABCSO(U) TARA BYRNE)
A Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flying at sunset during trials with HMAS Anzac.

HMAS Anzac sailed from Fleet Base East, Sydney, in April with a handful of additional Marine Technical sailors and Aviation personnel embarked. 

She headed off the New South Wales coast, to help with the final phase of over three months of training completed by junior Marine Technicians at the Navy Engineering Systems Centre – Stirling, in Western Australia.

The students are looking to obtain an Engineering Harbour Watchkeeping Certificate and Maritime Systems Controller qualification. 

The training is delivered both through classroom study and interaction, and training simulator consoles.
 
Over two weeks at sea, students are put through their paces and assessed for competence and knowledge onboard an operational fleet unit.

Giving them the opportunity to prove not only to themselves, but to their peers and instructors that they have the skills and capability required of these qualifications, but also to an operational Marine Engineering Officer, who provides the final assessment and endorsement for the students.
 
HMAS Stuart’s Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Clarke said he had gained a great deal from attending the course. 

“It was beneficial to have the time to concentrate solely on study for the Maritime Systems Controller qualification, the simulator was good, but being able to consolidate the training and knowledge on real world equipment was valuable,” he said.
 
He said he was looking forward to returning to his unit with the recently achieved qualifications, whilst striving towards his next milestone of Maritime Systems Manager.
 
Concurrently period offered the perfect opportunity for the training of aviation personnel from 725 Squadron, with Anzac providing some 60 hours for aviation training. 

She conducted approximately 250 deck landings, providing a platform for 20 aviators to gain initial deck qualifications or requalification. 

The embarked landing signals officer, Lieutenant Jake Wadsworth was more than pleased with the results.
 
“The team was very proficient during the aviation evolutions. This is the only reason the squadron was able to achieve such training successes,” he said.
 
It was a successful two weeks for Anzac and Navy training for the future.

All students, instructors and ship’s crew gained a great deal and look forward to using all the skills and knowledge they have gained in their next ventures wherever that may be throughout the fleet.