Success hosts missile-defence technology trial at RIMPAC

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Location(s): IVO Honolulu, Hawaii

Petty Officer Combat Systems Operator Brett Anderson makes adjustments to the course of the Barracuda sea boat launched from HMAS Success as part of the TAPA Trials that were conducted duirng the Sea Phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014. (photo: Leading Seaman Brenton Freind)
Petty Officer Combat Systems Operator Brett Anderson makes adjustments to the course of the Barracuda sea boat launched from HMAS Success as part of the TAPA Trials that were conducted duirng the Sea Phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) presents participating nations with opportunities to work together on mutually beneficial defence projects. HMAS Success was the ideal platform to support Australia’s involvement in the practical component of a joint Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, United States and United Kingdom co-ordinated electronic warfare experiment known as TAPA.

TAPA is a long-term series of experiments, which test new and emerging systems that are designed to protect our ships from missiles and disrupt their initial targeting. The purpose of the practical component, completed onboard Success over the first five days of the RIMPAC sea phase, was to improve current practice and test new methods of anti-ship missile defence.

Significant resources were required to conduct the practical tests. Apart from Success, it involved four other surface fleet units, including HMCS Calgary, and United States Ships Lake Champlain, Sampson, and Spruance; two Lear jets, one US and one Australian; a flight of US F/A-18s from USS Ronald Reagan which conducted simulated attacks on the task force; P3s from Australia, the US and New Zealand; along with 40 mainly civilian sea-riders and 100 additional people ashore.

Members of HMAS Success's Ships Company recover the Barracuda drone sea boat used in the TAPA Trials that were conducted during the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

Members of HMAS Success's Ships Company recover the Barracuda drone sea boat used in the TAPA Trials that were conducted during the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

Lieutenant Charles Marchant, a Royal Australian Navy Weapons Testing Officer who assisted in the conduct of the trials in Success, said the evolution was a significant undertaking.

“It has been a very complex exercise, with unique specialised equipment and the support from Success’ Ship’s Company has been second to none,” Lieutenant Marchant said.

“The time spent at sea during RIMPAC has been invaluable to the experiment and Success has most certainly contributed to the future of missile defence technology,” he said. 

A lear jet flies past HMAS Success as part of the TAPA Trials conducted during the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

A lear jet flies past HMAS Success as part of the TAPA Trials conducted during the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 More imagery is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/RIMPAC 14-0028