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ADF details RIMPAC success

8th August 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Defence Force has detailed a number of training milestones carried out during Exercise RIMPAC 2018, the world’s largest multinational maritime exercise.

RIMPAC 2018 included a multi-national amphibious landing activity, following four weeks of gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, and mine clearance operations.

During the exercise ADF personnel demonstrated a wide range of capabilities from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to maritime security operations and complex missions alongside peers from 25 nations.

The exercise saw a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft from 92 Wing fire a live Harpoon missile for the first time, successfully striking a surface target and collecting important operational data; while HMAS Adelaide embarked US Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles for the first time.

Frigates HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Toowoomba successfully fired missiles against moving targets at sea in company with ships from the US, Canada and Singapore; and soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment successfully tested their interoperability within a multinational amphibious readiness group.

The next RIMPAC will take place in the Hawaiian Islands in 2020.

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