The Combined Engineering Support Team (CEST) from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessel HMAS Warramunga has successfully completed its intermediate maintenance availability (IMAV) in Bahrain.
The IMAV has been conducted in order to sustain the vessel in its mission as a major force provider for the Combined Task Force 150 and Combined Maritime Forces.
HMAS Warramunga CEST (WCEST) comprises 25 personnel from both Fleet Support Unit (FSU) South East and West, as well as five civilian defence contractors from Naval Ship Management who members of the Warship Asset Management Alliance (WAMA).
WCEST officer-in-charge commander David Bettell said: “The collaborative and can-do attitude displayed by the team will ensure Warramunga is now very well-positioned to complete her Manitou rotation.
“Success has been reflected in the numbers; of the 141 tasks set to be undertaken during the IMAV, 140 tasks were completed in time and on schedule.”
The FSU also completed nearly 500 hours of organic level maintenance, which demonstrated positive working relations between the RAN vessel and WCEST.
RAN surface combatant capability managers’ representative captain Michael Turner noted that the IMAV has been conducted to demonstrate that the FSU and Warship Asset Management Alliance (WAMA) are capable of completing maintenance works to the required standard, within the available time and at any location worldwide.
Turner added: “The ability of FSU to deploy a team which responds to maintenance demands while ships are on operations, exercise or as part of a Task Group is a significant force enabler for navy.”
The Australian Navy’s HMAS Warramunga is currently deployed on Operation Manitou as part of the Combined Maritime Forces initiative, which is a collaborative project between 32 countries.
The partnership focuses on fighting terrorism, preventing piracy and supporting regional cooperation, in addition to promoting a safe maritime environment.