The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) second Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship HMAS Adelaide has participated in the tri-service exercise, Sea Explorer, off the North Queensland coast.
An additional 800 personnel besides its crew, including Townsville-based 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and Royal Australian Air Force elements were embarked on the ship.
Amphibious Task Group commander captain Brett Sonter said Adelaide undertook several concurrent activities as part of Sea Explorer.
Sonter said: "As part of the exercise, the ship is being assessed against operational capability requirements."
During the exercise, HMAS Adelaide conducted various training exercises and coordinated and managed a range of training activities.
Platoon Commander 21 lieutenant David Bannister-Tyrrell said surface assaults were staged from Adelaide onto Cowley beach using a number of different platforms, including landing craft and inflatable boats.
Additional training exercises included a non-combatant evacuation, which assessed if Adelaide had the processes and procedures in place to assist.
Sonter added: "Everything I observed demonstrated to me Adelaide understood what was required for that particular aspect of the evacuation operation.
"It has been very successful. We have exposed the ship to the inherent challenges of broader amphibious operations and the enthusiasm and skill set of the ship’s company has shown me they are up to the challenge."
Adelaide, along with its sister ship, HMAS Canberra, is set to undergo Exercise Sea Raider later this year.
Image: Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Brook directs an MRH-90 helicopter during takeoff from HMAS Adelaide. Photo: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.