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SEA EXPLORER ~ Australian Amphibious Force

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, disembark a Royal Australian Navy LHD Landing Craft during beach landing serials as part of Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]

Exercise SEA EXPLORER is a landing of Australia’s amphibious force on Cowley Beach in North Queensland continuing until 15th June, reports Captain Dan Mazurek.

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News Release, Canberra, 11 June 2021: There is a lot going on in the air, on land and at sea in Exercise SEA EXPLORER, which is landing on Cowley Beach in North Queensland until June 15.

The annual SEA series of exercises is a tiered training programme that hones the skills of Australia’s amphibious force, ensuring it is ready now and future-ready. After last month’s planning exercise SEA HORIZON, Exercise SEA EXPLORER allows nearly 1600 Army, Navy and Air Force elements to rehearse and perfect the intricate process of moving people and materiel from HMA Ships Canberra and Choules to shore.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, and Royal Marines from Bravo Company, 40th Commando, conduct a weapon safety drill as part of a training serial on HMAS Canberra, during Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]

Exercise SEA EXPLORER is the amphibious force’s preparation for July’s Exercise SEA RAIDER in which they will support the broader ADF as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE. Coordinating the insertion of sailors, soldiers and vehicles – including main battle tanks – by air and sea requires a focused effort to overcome challenges while maintaining safe and effective training.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, transit to an Australian Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter as part of a training serial, onboard HMAS Canberra, during Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]

Commander Amphibious Task Force Captain Leif Maxfield said Army, Navy and Air Force personnel synchronised the complex management of the amphibious manoeuvre, while in the background, the ships’ companies also maintained rigorous internal training and maintenance regimes.

A Leading Seaman Aviation Support marshals an Australian Army Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter conducting deck landings on HMAS Canberra, during Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]

“There is certainly a lot going on,” Captain Maxfield said. “SEA EXPLORER is our opportunity to bring our amphibious forces together to achieve initial training goals while ensuring we operate to the highest standards of safety before we pick up the pace on Exercise SEA RAIDER.

“I am continually very proud of the hard work and professional approach of the embarked amphibious forces and crews of Canberra and Choules.”

HMAS Canberra off the coast of Cowley Beach, Townsville, during Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]

During Exercise SEA RAIDER, the focus will shift to tactics and further integration with a company of US Marines from Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, a strike company of Royal Marines from Bravo Company, 40th Commando Royal Marines, and a platoon of Japanese infantry from the Amphibious Ready Deployment Brigade.

[Images © Commonwealth of Australia: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, onboard an Australian Army LCM-8 Landing Craft depart HMAS Canberra for beach landing serials during Exercise SEA EXPLORER Cowley Beach, Queensland [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment onboard Zodiac inflatable boats during beach landing serials as part of Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, conduct a beach assault serial during Exercise SEA EXPLORER, Cowley Beach, Queensland [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, disembark a Royal Australian Navy LHD Landing Craft during beach landing serials as part of Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, in transit during a beach landing serial as part of Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]
An Australian Army Bombardier and a Lance Bombardier operate a scouting drone during a ship to shore swim serial as part of Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]
Medical personnel conduct an aero medical evacuation and resuscitation drill on board HMAS Canberra during Exercise SEA EXPLORER [ADoD: LACW Jacqueline Forrester]

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