Australian and US Navies have successfully conducted a tactical synthetic exercise, linking their ships and simulators worldwide.
Known as Fleet Synthetic Training - Joint 15-72, the exercise was designed to test strike force-level warfare proficiency and create interoperability between the participating nations.
Royal Australian Navy Commodore Warfare commodore Peter Leavy said: "Fleet Synthetic training has provided an insight into task group requirements in a high end war fighting scenario off the Australian station and has provided us with the ability to operate with a large number of US Commands.
"Fleet Synthetic Training will be a key component of the Force Generation Campaign Plan, which will be used to drive the realisation of an amphibious-ready group in 2017."
This virtual training exercise has brought together two carrier strike groups, an expeditionary strike group and six composite task forces.
In addition, 13 US and Australian surface combatants, three US Maritime Patrol Aircraft simulators, one submarine simulator, and multiple Air Force / army members and units were involved in the exercise.
The Australian warships HMAS Melbourne, Arunta, Sydney, Stirling and Watson were part of this training.
As part of the exercise, Arunta carried out a simulated Harpoon Block II firing against a time sensitive land target, while Melbourne completed duties as Surface Action Group Commander including Sector Air Defence Commander over US navy units.
The representatives from the Fleet Air Arm and Sea Combat Command were also involved in this exercise with participants in Hawaii, Okinawa, Washington State, California, New Mexico and Georgia.
Image: The recently completed Fleet Synthetic Training - Joint 15-72 was based on the success of Triton Simulation in 2014. Photo: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.