Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

ADF hits milestones at RIMPAC 2018

hmas adelaide waits for us marine amphibious assault vehicles to embark during rimpac
HMAS Adelaide waits for US Marine amphibious assault vehicles to embark during RIMPAC '18 (Source Dept of Defence)

More than 1,600 members of the Australian Defence Force have successfully completed RIMPAC 2018, the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise.

Exercise RIMPAC 2018 culminated this week in a major multi-national amphibious landing activity, following four weeks of gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, and mine clearance operations.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Minister for Defence Marise Payne said Exercise RIMPAC 2018 had tested and proven the ADF’s capabilities and improved its interoperability with partner nations.

During the exercise, Australian personnel demonstrated a wide range of capabilities from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to maritime security operations and complex war fighting alongside their peers from 25 nations.

The significant milestones achieved during Exercise RIMPAC 2018 were:

  • A Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft from 92 Wing firing a live Harpoon missile for the first time, successfully striking a surface target and collecting important operational data;
  • HMAS Adelaide embarking US Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles for the first time and carrying a record number of personnel from nine different nations;
  • Frigates HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Toowoomba successfully firing missiles against moving targets at sea in company with ships from the US, Canada and Singapore; and
  • Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment successfully testing their interoperability within a multi-national amphibious readiness group, boosting their standing as Australia’s amphibious force.

The next RIMPAC is planned for the Hawaiian islands in 2020.

SPONSORED CONTENT

 

ADF hits milestones at RIMPAC 2018
HMAS-Adelaide-waits-for-US-Marine-amphibious-assault-vehicles-to-embark-during-RIMPAC-18.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Dec 14 2019
Extension awarded for Chinook support contract
Boeing Defence Australia has been awarded a 12-month extension, as well as increased government inve...
Dec 14 2019
RAAF welcomes new P-8A Poseidon to fleet
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price have officially welcomed...
Dec 13 2019
Photo Essay: 2OCU says farewell to the Classic Hornet
This week, the Royal Australian Air Force’s Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit conducted its fi...
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network