Army takes skills to the water

This article has photo gallery Published on CAPT Roger Brennan (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Location(s): Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Deputy Chief of Army Major General Anthony Rawlins, DSC (third from left), and Australian Ambassador to Vietnam His Excellency Mr Craig Chittick, OAM (fifth from left), stand with members of Joint Task Force 661 during a visit to HMAS Canberra in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)
Deputy Chief of Army Major General Anthony Rawlins, DSC (third from left), and Australian Ambassador to Vietnam His Excellency Mr Craig Chittick, OAM (fifth from left), stand with members of Joint Task Force 661 during a visit to HMAS Canberra in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

The Deputy Chief of Army has received a demonstration of the capabilities of soldiers on board HMAS Canberra for INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19).

Major General Anthony Rawlins toured Canberra during its visit to Vietnam as part of IPE19 and saw the training activity involving soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

Private Jayden Page, on his first deployment overseas, was part of the demonstration.

“We simulated a capture-or-kill exercise where an enemy force took control of the flight deck on board Canberra and planned to conduct operations from there,” Private Page said.

“This kind of training is invaluable for us — we work across the Navy and with other foreign militaries sharing techniques and building our skills.

“Being on Canberra allows us all to come together and work as one force.”   

That is the new norm, according to Major General Rawlins.

“The Army is a maritime force and we need to build upon our relationships in the joint space with Navy and Air Force so we can project ourselves into the region and build capacity with our partner nations,” Major General Rawlins said.

“We have done considerable work in developing our people-to-people relationships and it’s through these that we can successfully work in a joint environment and operate throughout the region.”

He said that activities such as IPE19 were invaluable.

“INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 offers us a new avenue through which we can act as a joint, combined and coalition force where our relationships within the region provide reassurance and strengthen our bonds,” he said.

Additional imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20191156.