As they sailed into Australia’s largest amphibious exercise, the crew of HMAS Adelaide were reminded of the scale and importance of the task at hand.
During a tour of the ship at the start of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019, Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, spoke to the 400-strong Ship’s Company.
“TALISMAN SABRE is our biggest exercise and essential for us to get ourselves to final operational capability,” Rear Admiral Mead said.
“I wanted to come here to personally congratulate you for your work in generating this amphibious capability.
“But I also wanted to thank you for your service to this country, for there is no more noble cause.
“The economic prosperity, and the safety of our people at home rests in your hands, so I wish you all the best.”
It has been a busy year for the Royal Australian Navy, with HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide recently returned from the Sea Series exercises.
Now embarked with personnel from other participating nations such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, the Landing Helicopter Docks are ready for the challenge of this large-scale combined, joint exercise.
While TALISMAN SABRE will certainly be a highlight of the calendar, Rear Admiral Mead said that there was much more to come.
“These exercises demonstrate Navy’s continued development,” Rear Admiral Mead said.
“We will continue to test those capabilities, we will continue to test ourselves and be ready to deliver high-end warfighting.”
TALISMAN SABRE 2019 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery: