On a glorious sunny morning, the multi-ship refuelling was done without a hitch as concurrent flying operations were conducted.
While all this was going on, the Australian Army Band on board HMAS Canberra played to the cheers and applause of their high seas audience.
The dual Replenishment at Sea (RAS) from Success to Canberra and HMAS Parramatta demonstrated an important force projection capability for the Australian Defence Force.
For Seaman Boatswains Mate Jasmine Davis it was an awesome sight.
“It was such a great day.
“Less than a week ago we were participating in a completely separate exercise and today we’re topping up all ships in the Task Force.
“It’s true what they say about the Navy – every day is an adventure, and I just love the fact that in a week or so we’ll be in another country.
“You won’t find many jobs that give you that opportunity,” Seaman Davis said.
During the RAS, the Australian Army Band, under the direction of Band Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class Two Peter Mathison, were raised on Canberra’s forward aircraft elevator to the flight deck while rocking out a few Australian classics.
“Today is the first time we are performing for the Joint Task Force and it’s great to see how music heightens morale and ambience,” Warrant Officer Class Two Mathison said.
“This is a unique opportunity for the services to work together while conducting the RAS.
“It’s a fantastic experience for the band members, it’s not every day you get to entertain the troops at sea!” he said.
With the highly successful evolution behind them, the Joint Task Force’s focus quickly switched back to the job at hand, and the transit to Sri Lanka.
HMA Ships Canberra, Success, Newcastle and Parramatta will take part in the three month IPE19 deployment.
The ships will visit a number of ports in the Indian Ocean and South East Asia in order to strengthen relationships and interoperability with some of Australia’s close partners in the region.
INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 imagery is available on the IPE2019 gallery at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20190285.