South Pacific deployment beckons for HMAS Adelaide

This article has photo gallery Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), ABATV Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), Exercise RIMPAC, Indo-Pacific Endeavour

HMAS Adelaide is returned to her regular berth after a period of maintenance within Captain Cook Graving Dock, Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABATV Kieren Whiteley)
HMAS Adelaide is returned to her regular berth after a period of maintenance within Captain Cook Graving Dock, Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.

HMAS Adelaide is preparing to embark on its longest deployment this year – a three month journey across the South Pacific to Hawaii and back called Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18). The deployment represents the second iteration of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour activity in which Adelaide has been the flagship.

IPE18 begins at the end of the month and HMAS Adelaide’s Commanding Officer, CAPT Jonathan Earley says his crew are making final preparations for the journey.

“We are very excited to be deploying again on this important activity in our region, having successfully deployed to South East Asia in 2017,” CAPT Earley said. 

“For IPE18, we will also be participating in RIMPAC 2018 mid-deployment working with more than a dozen navies from around the Pacific. There is much to do before we get underway and my team is working hard to make sure we are ship shape for the journey.”

With that in mind, nothing has been left to chance. The LHD even took advantage of a routine maintenance period for a spell in dry dock at Fleet Base East, emerging last week with a clean bill of health. HMAS Adelaide will spend the coming weeks loading stores, personnel and equipment.

“We are in great shape and morale is excellent,” CAPT Earley said. 

“Everyone on board understands how important IPE is, not just to Navy but to Australia’s regional interests too.”