Since returning to Fleet Base East in September, it has been a busy few months for the crew of HMAS Warramunga. The new anti-ship missile defence systems have undergone testing and evaluation as part of the Sea Qualification Trial period and commenced a Unit Readiness period. In addition, Warramunga has also been conducting Sea Acceptance Trials for the new Electronic Surveillance System as part of project SEA 1448 Phase 4A.
Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer, Lieutenant Matthew Durrington the trial period aligned weapon and radar systems.
"We need to ensure the Combat Management System in the best state possible prior to commencement of the gunnery, air warfare and anti submarine training," Lieutenant Durrington said.
The first three weeks of the Unit Readiness involved Warramunga conducting a wide range of training including anti-ship missile defence, anti submarine warfare and force protection exercises. Throughout the period each of the exercises increased in complexity.
Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Raymond said the period provided an excellent opportunity for the crew to develop core skills.
"It was important that we could work with the new combat system, phased array radar and other sensors installed on Warramunga during the upgrade at BAE Dockyard at Henderson, Western Australia", she said.
In addition to warfare training, the crew conducted damage control exercises which tested the crew's ability to deal with a wide range of damage control scenarios including floods, compartment fires and toxic hazards.
Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Andrew Border stressed the importance of damage control rehearsal.
"It plays a large part in ensuring a ship can fight and win at sea," he said.
"During the unit readiness period we focus a lot of our training on battle damage received during warfare exercises, however we also are assessed on dealing with incidents which can occur during peacetime operations", he said.
Other key areas tested included Warramunga’s ability to conduct Replenishment at Sea and flying operations with 725 Squadron, utilising a MH-60R helicopter.