Topic: Exercise RIMPAC

Joint cooperation starts at home

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army personnel re-board a Royal New Zealand Air Force 757-200 aircraft in Samoa after a short re-fuelling stop while enroute from Australia to Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army personnel re-board a Royal New Zealand Air Force 757-200 aircraft in Samoa after a short re-fuelling stop while enroute from Australia to Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

Antipodean neighbours, Australia and New Zealand, demonstrated multinational cooperation in June, when members of the Australian Defence Force contingent deploying to Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC) “hitched a ride” to Hawaii with their kiwi counterparts.

Air of excitement as Success departs for RIMPAC

Published on by LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Bosuns Mate Michael Curtin gets one last look of Sydney Harbour, as the crew of HMAS Success fall in for Procedure Alpha as they depart Sydney's Fleet Base East, bound for Hawaii, to participate in Exercise RIMPAC 2014. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Able Seaman Bosuns Mate Michael Curtin gets one last look of Sydney Harbour, as the crew of HMAS Success fall in for Procedure Alpha as they depart Sydney's Fleet Base East, bound for Hawaii, to participate in Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

Despite the inauspicious date, HMAS Success left Fleet Base East on Friday 13 June with a real buzz of excitement. An overseas deployment to RIMPAC in Hawaii is always much anticipated, but on this occasion Success was departing for her first overseas deployment since 2010.