Australian Navy ships to participate in Exercise Ocean Explorer

22 February 2018 (Last Updated February 22nd, 2018 12:03)

A fleet comprising two submarines, ten ships and embarked aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has set sail to participate in the second iteration of Exercise Ocean Explorer.

Australian Navy ships to participate in Exercise Ocean Explorer
HMAS Toowoomba leads HMAS Anzac through Sydney Harbour with HMAS Canberra in the background. Credit: Royal Australian Navy.

A fleet comprising two submarines, ten ships and embarked aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has set sail to participate in the second iteration of Exercise Ocean Explorer.

The exercise will involve a series of maritime warfare training, trials and exercises, which have been designed to build the Australian Navy’s warfighters capability to attain sea control.

The Ocean Explorer exercise will be conducted over a three-week period and is set to feature anti-air and anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike and interdiction, maritime advance force operations, and command and control.

"The main aim of the exercise is to develop our task group capability, to operate a number of ships under one commander and focus primarily on sea control operations."

It will be carried out off the east coast of Australia at Jervis Bay and Maitland Bay, as well as adjacent sea and air spaces.

In addition, the initiative will include readiness workup training for HMAS Success, HMAS Farncomb and the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Te Mana.

The event will conclude with an exercise in amphibious operations, which is set to be carried out by HMAS Canberra in the Bass Strait.

Ocean Explorer exercise director captain Jim Hutton said: “The main aim of the exercise is to develop our task group capability, to operate a number of ships under one commander and focus primarily on sea control operations.

“This can include the full spectrum of maritime security operations, from diplomacy and international engagement at one end, through to humanitarian and disaster relief, constabulary and peacekeeping operations, and at the upper end of the spectrum, warfighting.”

This year’s exercise will also see brief participation from the British Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate, HMS Sutherland, during its visit to Australia.