Navy concludes exercise in the North West Shelf area

This article has photo gallery Published on CAPT Simon Bateman (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

HMAS Warramunga conducts a twilight patrol around the natural gas production facility, Prod Bayu-Undan, as the ship and crew of HMAS Warramunga conduct a maritime security patrol in the Timor Sea as part of Exercise BLUE RAPTOR 2013. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)
HMAS Warramunga conducts a twilight patrol around the natural gas production facility, Prod Bayu-Undan, as the ship and crew of HMAS Warramunga conduct a maritime security patrol in the Timor Sea as part of Exercise BLUE RAPTOR 2013.

The Royal Australian Navy Ships HMAS Sydney, Warramunga, and Sirius, which are based on both the east and west coast of Australia, have concluded their participation in Exercise BLUE RAPTOR in the North West Shelf area.

Exercise BLUE RAPTOR was a maritime security exercise which tested communications, procedures and protocols between the Navy ships and other units of the Australian Defence Force with the oil and gas installations in the area.

HMAS Sydney conducts a twilight patrol with FPSO Glas Dowr in the background as part of Exercise BLUE RAPTOR 2013.

HMAS Sydney conducts a twilight patrol with FPSO Glas Dowr in the background as part of Exercise BLUE RAPTOR 2013.

The exercise is part of a number of routine patrols conducted by the Navy in the region and was supported by a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion.

These patrols are conducted as part of Australia’s robust maritime security framework to safeguard against unlawful interference with off-shore facilities. 

“The Navy routinely conducts patrols and exercises in the North West Shelf area in addition to operations conducted by Border Protection Command.

“This exercise demonstrates the importance of security in the region due to its vital strategic and economic importance to Australia as a maritime nation,” Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs said. 

HMA Ships Warramunga (FFH-152) and Sydney (FFG-03) conducts a patrol in the vicinity of the oil production facility, the Modec Venture II, 150km off the north west coast of Australia as part of Ex BLUE RAPTOR 2013.

HMA Ships Warramunga (FFH-152) and Sydney (FFG-03) conducts a patrol in the vicinity of the oil production facility, the Modec Venture II, 150km off the north west coast of Australia as part of Ex BLUE RAPTOR 2013.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131203.