Channel 7 drops in on SEA LION 2013

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Choules (L100)

A view of HMAS Choules from the flight deck during Exercise SEA LION 2013. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
A view of HMAS Choules from the flight deck during Exercise SEA LION 2013.

The ship’s company and embarked forces of HMAS Choules came under the media microscope recently as a camera crew from Channel Seven Brisbane came onboard for a couple of days to cover Exercise SEA LION 2013 (EX SL13).

Joining the ship by Black Hawk helicopter three days after the exercise got underway, reporter Angie Asimus and camerman Chris Leahy immediately got to work by interviewing Commander of the Australian Amphibious Task Group Captain Ray Leggatt.

They followed up with an interview of the ship’s Commanding Officer Commander Ashley Papp, and CO of 2RAR LTCOL Chris Smith.

Captain Leggatt said the media crew’s presence onboard HMAS Choules presented an excellent opportunity for the Australian Defence Force to exhibit its professionalism and interoperability in a demanding environment.

“It’s not often that the Australian public gets to see just what a great job the ADF performs every day of the year,” he said.

“And for the film crew to be here during the biggest amphibious exercise of the year is a real bonus because it really demonstrates our capabilities in a wide range of activities.”

Ms Asimus and Mr Leahy, whose network approached the ADF for the embed, departed HMAS Choules on June 15 to return to Brisbane.

The vision captured onboard the ship is set to run on a number of Channel 7 programs, including a nightly news bulletin, Sunrise and Today Tonight.