A year of hard work paid off for the crew of Australian Navy’s HMAS Arunta recently when they were awarded the Otranto Shield for the highest standards of gunnery and the Action Information Organisation Shield award for the highest standard of tactical information dissemination throughout the fleet in 2014.
The Otranto Shield recognises the effort and dedication of the crew in honing a ship’s ability to perform gunnery through a series of air, surface and naval gunfire support firings.
The Action Information Organisation Shield recognises a crew’s ability to collect, collate, and distribute tactical information.
Commander Surface Force Commodore Lee Goddard presented both awards on a recent visit to the ship. Arunta will now sail to North Australian waters to join Australian and international participants in Exercise Talisman Sabre 15 prior to deploying to North East Asia later in the year.
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