HMAS Adelaide Air Operations at RIMPAC 2018


Five helicopters conduct a Multi Spot Operation Exercise on the Flight Deck of HMAS Adelaide, which includes the embarked Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Helicopter, two United States Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper Helicopters and two United States Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom Helicopters during Exercise RIMPAC 18.

Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 18) is a biennial military training exercise to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.

Now in its 25th iteration, the Australian Defence Force deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Rankin, an amphibious landing force from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The multinational activity, held from 27 June to 2 August 2018 in Hawaii and off the coast of California, is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes 25,000 personnel from 25 countries.

Australian personnel will exercise across a broad spectrum of scenarios from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to maritime security operations, sea control and complex war fighting.

Participating personnel and assets will conduct gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boarding, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.

Credit: Australian Department of Defence

August 2, 2018