Eyes and Ears of Navy in Hawaii, Mathew Knox at Exercise RIMPAC

Published on LS Lee-Anne Mack (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Location(s): Honolulu

Topic(s): HMAS Warramunga (F152), Exercise RIMPAC

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Matthew Knox aboard HMAS Warramunga during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)
Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Matthew Knox aboard HMAS Warramunga during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

Engadine’s Matthew Knox is hard at work on Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Warramunga scanning the air and sea in Hawaii as one of 25,000 personnel taking part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific RIMPAC, the world’s largest maritime exercise. 

A Combat Systems Operator by trade, Leading Seaman Knox is one of a team of specialists using cutting-edge radar and sonar systems to accurately assess a timely picture of potential threats in the airspace and underwater environment surrounding the ship.

“It is great to be here at RIMPAC on Warramunga, doing our job and doing it well.”

“For me working with so many other nations and platforms is invaluable training and the cherry on the top of course is having some down time in Hawaii.”

“Hawaii is all you imagine it to be, and a great place, especially when it is winter back at home.”

Leading Seaman Knox is a one of two qualified Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface Aircraft Controllers on board and his job is to implement the tactical employment of Anti-Submarine/Anti-Surface aircraft and communicate with aircraft transiting in the ships vicinity. 

HMAS Warramunga has been operating for more than 12 months with the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade which includes integration of the CEA Phased Array Radar and the Vampir NG infrared search and track system.

“I have been fortunate to have been to RIMPAC before and it is always an exciting time for the ship, and this exercise is living up to the excitement."

“Taking part in an exercise of this scale is really an incredible experience, there are 26 countries participating in RIMPAC 2016.”

RIMPAC seeks to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, as a means of promoting stability in the region and to foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.