The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of its deployment.
HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class amphibious assault ships, reached the milestone today after conducting aviation training with the USS Bonhomme Richard off the east coast of Australia.
The training involved both the SH60S Seahawk helicopter and a US Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, with a focus on flight deck familiarisation for the USMC aircrew and currency training for Adelaide’s aviation support sailors.
Commander Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, Captain Jonathan Earley of the Royal Australian Navy, said successful activities like this highlight the continued enhancement of interoperability between the two militaries.
“It is important that we take opportunities like these to work with our US partners to enhance our understanding and processes for operating with this unique capability,” Captain Earley said.
“The training both for the aircrew and our flight deck teams went really well and our crew was able to get some hands on exposure on the processes associated with landing US assets.
“Today’s activities have further developed the skills in Adelaide’s crew, and broadened the capability our LHDs provide.”
Running from 4 September to 26 November 2017, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will at various stages involve more than 1200 ADF personnel, six Navy ships, and a number of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
It will demonstrate the ADF's ability to operate across the full spectrum of military operations and is focused on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.
Imagery will be available through the Defence Image Library: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20172100.