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Exercise Sea Explorer tests ADF’s amphibious capabilities

Army, Navy and the Air Force conduct amphibious operation in North Queensland as part of Exercise Sea Explorer.

Army, Navy and the Air Force conduct amphibious operation in North Queensland as part of Exercise Sea Explorer.

The Australian Army, Navy and Air Force are undertaking Exercise Sea Explorer in north Queensland in order to develop the ADF’s amphibious landing and mobilisation capabilities, Defence has confirmed.

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Nearly 1,600 members of the services are taking part in Exercise Sea Explorer, which trains members on the movement of defence equipment and personnel to shore, with the Navy deploying HMA Ships Canberra and Choules for the exercise.

The exercise comes a month after Exercise Sea Horizon, and comes in the lead up to the amphibious element of Talisman Sabre, dubbed Sea Raider. Sea Raider is expected to include elements of the US Marines, UK Royal Marine Commandos as well as the Japanese Amphibious Ready Deployment Brigade.

It is expected that the exercise will train in the amphibious dismount of vehicles and members from all services.

Captain Leif Maxfield, Commander Amphibious Task Force, welcomed Exercise Sea Explorer’s training.

“There is certainly a lot going on,” CAPT Maxfield said.

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“Sea Explorer is our opportunity to bring our amphibious forces together to achieve initial training goals while ensuring we operate to the highest standards of safety before we pick up the pace on Exercise Sea Raider.

“I am continually very proud of the hard work and professional approach of the embarked amphibious forces and crews of Canberra and Choules.”

[Related: Foreign forces arrive in Darwin for Exercise Southern Jackaroo]

Exercise Sea Explorer tests ADF’s amphibious capabilities
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