HMAS Adelaide for Exercise Hamel 16


07/10/2016: HMAS Adelaide, the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) second Landing Helicopter Dock, has arrived in Adelaide for the first time in support of the Australian Army’s Exercise Hamel 16 (EXH16).

Exercise Hamel is crucial for the Army to test and evaluate its capability as a maritime strategy focused and capable organization. Darwin’s 1st Brigade will be put through their paces to ensure they are ready to support operational contingencies ranging from humanitarian assistance through to major combat operations as they enter the ‘ready’ stage of the Force Generation Cycle.

On arrival, HMAS Adelaide disembarked around 900 soldiers, 90 vehicles and other related equipment.

In total, EXH16 will involve approximately 8000 military personnel from the Australian Army, RAN, Australian Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army (Pacific) and the New Zealand Army. This will be the first year

Exercise Hamel has been conducted in South Australia and will take place around Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla and the Cultana Training area from 26 June – 14 July 2016.

Credit: Australian Ministry of Defense:6/23/16