Take a look at Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra while deployed in Exercise Sea Explorer.
Australia’s newest military capability, the Amphibious Ready Element, commanded by the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters and comprising HMAS Canberra, Air Force assets and supported by the Army’s 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and other Army units, has been conducting the exercise, which is the second of the ‘Sea Series’ of exercises.
The focus of the exercises is on training and assessing the Amphibious Ready Element in a permissive environment scenario which is currently taking place in waters off the North Queensland coast from August through to October.
HMAS Canberra recently completed a graduated operational test and trials program to achieve a key milestone towards Initial Operating Capability.
The program included integration of landing craft as well as trials for both the crew, ship and aviation systems.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, said:
Canberra now has another two months of more complex joint collective training and exercises to integrate other elements of the Australian Defence Force amphibious capability.
Certification of the Amphibious Ready Element later this year is the final tick to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support.
Image: Australian Navy