After a short mid-deployment break at the historic naval port of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, HMAS Anzac recently put to sea to participate in training with the Royal Navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training team.
The Australian Navy’s Sea Training Group mirrors their Royal navy counterparts’ approach to working up, fine-tuning and assessing a warship’s capabilities across a broad spectrum of tasks a ship might be expected to carry out at sea.
One of the major differences between the two is that of scale – the Royal Navy team can simultaneously work with six or more warships, and can draw upon a wider range of military assets to test a warship’s skills in surface, underwater and air defence scenarios.
The three day ‘warfare exposure’ provided to Anzac was primarily focused on the ship’s operations room, bridge and gunnery teams, and involved dealing with a full range of threats from above and below the ocean’s surface.
Anzac’s continuing NORTHERN TRIDENT deployment is focused on commemorating the Centenary of Anzac, building interoperability with allies and strengthening Australian links to international communities.
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