RAN Communications Branch at work.

RAN Communications Branch at work.

Royal Australian Navy trainees under instruction in the newly built Communications Centre Simulator at the Defence Force School of Signals – Maritime Wing, HMAS Cerberus.

The learning system simulator was developed by Australian company CIRRUS and is based on a generic COMCEN in an enhanced frigate. It was designed to mimic the operational environment at sea, using real-life scenarios that may be encountered by communicators embarked on Major Fleet Units, and will prepare trainees better for the rigors of operating at sea.

A pilot course will be run in the new simulator in mid-2019. In the future, it will be used to support training and assessment for basic communicators and operator courses through to advanced courses.

Royal Australian Navy sailors aboard HMAS Perth near Jakarta, Indonesia. HMAS Perth recently conducted a logistics and bilateral engagement port visit to Jakarta, Indonesia. A passage exercise was conducted with Indonesian Navy Kwelang Class Stealth Trimaran KRI Golok (688) and shiphandling manoeuvres and exercises conducted with KRI Bung Tomo (357) before Perth continued on operation

Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Ashleigh Ryder from HMAS Supply raises the battle ensign as part of the group sail to Exercise RIMPAC.

Five Royal Australian Navy ships across two task groups are currently conducting regional presence deployments throughout the Indo-Pacific region. During their deployments the ships and their embarked ADF units will undertake joint exercises and other engagements with Australia’s regional partners.

Regional Presence Deployments demonstrate Australia’s commitment to promoting an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific. These deployments play a vital role in Australia’s long term security and prosperity by protecting Australia’s interests, preserving a rules-based order, enhancing cooperation and relationships with regional partners and allies and developing capability and interoperability.

During their deployment HMA Ships Canberra, Supply and Warramunga joined five ships from the United States Navy Abraham Lincoln Strike Group and two ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force for the sail to Pearl Harbor for Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 (RIMPAC).

RIMPAC will see approximately 1,600 ADF personnel participate. This year the ADF contribution is substantial including HMA Ships Canberra, Supply and Warramunga, RAAF P-8A Poseidon aircraft, a submarine, mine warfare and clearance diving capabilities, and a Joint Landing Force led by the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment accompanied by personnel and capabilities from across Australian Army units.

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