PICTURES: MRH90s train with Australian Navy's HMAS Canberra for IOC demonstration

August 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

20150827ran8100087_209.CR220150827ran8100087_209.CR2HMAS Canberra off the north Queensland coast with 5 MRH 90 aircraft on deck and her four Landing Craft deployed. *** Local Caption *** The Australian Amphibious Landing Force based on the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR from the 3rd Combat Brigade in Townsville) and MRH-90 helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment, also from Townsville, will combine with the Navy's HMAS Canberra and embarked MRH-90 flight from 808 Squadron, and Royal Australian Air Force assets to conduct a series of amphibious training activities in North Queensland from August through to October this year.



This Sea Series of exercises enables the amphibious force to achieve an interim operational capability.
HMAS Canberra off the north Queensland coast with five MRH90 helicopters embarked and four Landing Craft deployed. © Commonwealth of Australia / LSIS Helen Frank

MRH90s from the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment and an embarked flight of MRH90s from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)'s 808 Squadron, along with soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, are integrating with the RAN's landing helicopter dock (LHD) HMAS Canberra in a series of amphibious training activities in North Queensland from August through to October this year. Exercise Sea Series 2015 will enable the newest Australian military capability the Amphibious Ready Element to achieve an interim operational capability.

Separately, the RAN's second LHD, NUSHIP Adelaide, has successfully completed its final sea trials involving tests of its combat and communications systems in Port Phillip Bay in southern Victoria. Delivery of the ship to the RAN is expected to take place later this year.

20150818ran8100087_058.jpg20150818ran8100087_058.jpgFour MRH 90 helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment join HMAS Canberra off the northern coast of Queensland for Exercise Sea Series 2015. *** Local Caption *** The Townsville based 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR from the 3rd Combat Brigade) with MRH-90 helicopters from the 16th Aviation Brigade, will combine with the Navy's HMAS Canberra and Royal Australian Air Force assets to conduct a series of amphibious training activities in North Queensland from August through to October this year.



This Sea Series of exercises enables the amphibious force to achieve an interim operational capability.
Two MRH90s from the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment based in Townsville, Queensland, are tied down on the deck of HMAS Canberra © Commonwealth of Australia / LSIS Helen Frank


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