The Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane has successfully completed trials in an enhanced mariner skills evaluation (MSE) in Sydney and off the coast of Jervis Bay.

Designed and led by Sea Training Group, the training programme was aimed at preparing Brisbane and the crew to handle challenging scenarios when sailing in a peacetime environment.

During the work-up period, the vessel underwent an assessment comprising crucial evolutions at sea such as seamanship, pilotage, boat drills, repairing engineering defects, firefighting and toxic hazard exercises.

Following the successful assessment, the Sea Training Group declared HMAS Brisbane as safe to proceed to sea.

The vessel then moved onto a second-week trial phase of MSE, when it took part in more advanced peacetime damage control training and added competencies in complex scenarios of multiple damage control incidents.

HMAS Brisbane commanding officer commander Josh Wilson said: “I am really pleased by how the crew learned from each exercise and how well we worked with Sea Training Group to build our knowledge of the ship and her procedures.”

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“Having exercises with engineering and damage control difficulties demonstrated to the more junior members what is required to support command aims and priorities.”

Brisbane also participated in exercises that involved operating with degraded communication and dealing with large amounts of casualties.

The objective of these drills is to assess the ship’s ability to safely operate the on-board equipment and the crew’s readiness during emergency situations.

Brisbane chief petty officer marine technician Colin Frampton said: “Having exercises with engineering and damage control difficulties demonstrated to the more junior members what is required to support command aims and priorities; and how the engineering team is driven to achieve this.”

The second phase of the MSE involved realistic situations previously experienced by other navies.

The crew will now head into seaworthiness assurance trials that will include baseline performance tests of weapon systems and sensors at sea.

Brisbane will undergo a deployment readiness evaluation, which will involve basic combat training while conducting evolutions under the supervision of Sea Training Group.

Later this year, the vessel will make a trip to the US to take part in combat system qualification trials before achieving the initial operating capability.