Five personnel from the Submarine Force are experiencing a deployment above water for INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19) on HMA Ships Canberra and Success.
The IPE19 Joint Task Force deployment will provide the submariners with exposure to the surface fleet that, historically, hasn’t been readily available.
Submarine Force Command Warrant Officer Justin Moore described the initiative as an amazing opportunity for some stand-out performers who were representative of the modern Submarine Force.
“Embedding them into the IPE19 task force for a major Australian Defence Force (ADF) activity demonstrates our continuing efforts to upskill our submariners,” Warrant Officer Moore said.
“They will be fully integrated into the crews of the surface ships and are expected to return to Submarine Force with additional skills and experience that will positively impact capability.
“Initiatives like this continue to stimulate the knowledge transfer within our organisation.
“Additionally, the retention of members also benefits the ADF as we continue to offer our members diverse experiences.
“This group are highly motivated, highly skilled, adaptable individuals. Just what we need as we begin planning for the introduction of the Attack Class Submarine,” he said.
During IPE19, the ships will meet with Collins Class submarines during various port visits, with a ‘submariner changeout’ planned during one such visit.
Leading Seaman Arami Bullock, an acoustic warfare analyst submariner, is a battle watch assistant aboard Canberra.
“I assist the Battle Watch Captain in facilitating real-time communications between all Joint Task Force units and command,” Leading Seaman Bullock said.
“As a tri-service team – which also includes two Royal New Zealand Navy sailors – we are maintaining a 24-hour watch throughout IPE19.
“I am enjoying getting to know people from all walks of life, both ADF and from the Australian Public Service. Ships’ companies and the embarked forces component are very diverse, which brings unique skills, a variety of experiences, and individual personality. I have enjoyed learning about each of those.”
Leading Seaman Bullock is also looking forward to meeting regional partners.
“On a personal level, experiencing their culture and hospitality with new friends is on top of the list. In a professional sense, I’m keen to demonstrate our ADF values, skills and professionalism,” he said.
“I hope our regional partners will view Australians and the ADF in a positive light long after our departure.”
IPE 19 aims to strengthen relationships and promote security and stability with Australia’s key regional partners including Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.
HMA Ships Canberra, Success, Newcastle and Parramatta are joined by force elements from Army, Air Force and representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.