ADF in Exercise Croix du Sud 2018

06/19/2018

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have joined the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia to practice Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) as part of Exercise Croix du Sud 2018 (Ex CDS18), 14-25 May. 

The exercise is held every two years and with eleven participating nations, it is the largest HADR exercise to be conducted in the South Pacific. Ex CDS18 is aimed at preparing participants to assist major HADR operations while enhancing cooperation and interoperability. 

After starting with Force Integration Training, participants will launch into a hypothetical tsunami disaster scenario within a complex security setting. Australia’s involvement includes a headquarters element of about 30 personnel, Australian Army engineers from Townsville’s 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment, Royal Australian Navy vessels including HMAS Choules and Minehunter Coastal vessels HMAS Gasoyne and Yarra. 

The Royal Australian Air Force will provide a KA350 King Air tactical utility aircraft and C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter to support air operations.

The ADF has extensive experience providing HADR assistance to regional neighbors. 

Participation in Ex CDS18 provides Defence with the opportunity to train disaster relief response alongside a multinational force.

May 25, 2018

Australian Department of Defence

RAAF C-27Js in Exercise Croix du Sud

06/18/2018

A Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan is in New Caledonia training for disaster relief as part of Exercise Croix du Sud 2018 (Ex CDS 18), 14-25 May.

Ex CDS 18 is based around a hypothetical tsunami scenario requiring aid and troops to be transported as part of a multinational Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) effort. 

Accessing remote locations to deliver aid can be challenging, but not so much for the No. 35 Squadron C-27J aircraft whose bread and butter is landing on austere airfields. 

Built to carry significant loads while still being able to land on unprepared runways not accessible by larger aircraft, the C-27J is suited to HADR-type missions. Ex CDS biennially brings together regional and non-regional nations to practice air, land and maritime interoperability to improve disaster response capability in the region. 

Over 11 days, the C-27J and its crew will transport and work alongside troops from France (New Caledonia), Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States, Indonesia (observer), and Vanuatu Defence Forces.

Australian Defence Force participation also includes the KA350 King Air tactical utility aircraft, Australian Army Engineers, Royal Australian Navy vessels and a headquarters element of about 30 personnel.

May 24, 2018

Australian Department of Defence

The Royal Australian Navy in Exercise Croix du Sud

06/15/2018

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have joined the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia to practice Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) as part of Exercise Croix du Sud 2018 (Ex CDS18), 14-25 May. 

The exercise is held every two years and with eleven participating nations, it is the largest HADR exercise to be conducted in the South Pacific. Ex CDS18 is aimed at preparing participants to assist major HADR operations while enhancing cooperation and interoperability. 

After starting with Force Integration Training, participants will launch into a hypothetical tsunami disaster scenario within a complex security setting. Australia’s involvement includes a headquarters element of about 30 personnel, Australian Army engineers from Townsville’s 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment, Royal Australian Navy vessels including HMAS Choules and Minehunter Coastal vessels HMAS Gasoyne and Yarra. 

The Royal Australian Air Force will provide a KA350 King Air tactical utility aircraft and C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter to support air operations.

The ADF has extensive experience providing HADR assistance to regional neighbors. 

Participation in Ex CDS18 provides Defence with the opportunity to train disaster relief response alongside a multinational force.

May 25, 2018

Australian Department of Defence

Operation Resolute

06/14/2018

Operation RESOLUTE is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to a whole-of-government effort to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests.

The Area of Operations covers approximately 10 per cent of the world’s surface and includes Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone – extending up to 200 nautical miles around the mainland and the Christmas, Cocos, Keeling, Norfolk, Heard, Macquarie and Lord Howe Islands.

At any one time, up to 620 Australian Defence Force personnel are working at sea, in the air and on land to protect Australia’s borders alongside personnel from Customs and other agencies.

May 13, 2018

Australian Department of Defence

VMFA-121 At Misawa Air Base

06/13/2018

Marine Aircraft Group 12 forces deployed several F-35B Lightning ll’s for a regularly scheduled aviation training relocation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 9, 2018. 

ATR’s are designed to increase operational readiness and bilateral interoperability for both U.S. and Japanese forces. 

AOMORI, JAPAN

05.22.2018

Photo by Lance Cpl. Alexia Lythos 

1st Marine Aircraft Wing 

VMFA-121 Works Standard Ordinance Evolution

06/12/2018

Marines from the ordnance section of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, load inert explosives into an F-35B Lightning II as part of a regularly scheduled aircraft training relocation at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 15, 2018. 

ATR’s are designed to increase operational readiness and bilateral interoperability for both U.S. and Japan forces. 

 

05.22.2018

Photos by Lance Cpl. Alexia Lythos 

1st Marine Aircraft Wing

Sea-Shield 2018

06/11/2018

Sea Shield is an annual multinational exercise taking place in the Black Sea and based on a notional crisis response scenario. 

The exercise is designed to test, conduct, analyze and evaluate Anti-Submarine Warfare activities through the employment of Anti-Submarine Underwater Warfare, Anti-Air Warfare and Maritime Counter Mining. 

This is to improve the interoperability and combat proficiency of participating units.

NATO contributes by involving its Standing NATO Maritime Group 2. Frigates from the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish navies are also participating, as well as the USS Porter, a number of corvettes and missile boats. 

Allies also test the maritime procedure for command, control and communications.

Allies support the maritime forces taking part in the fictitious crisis response scenario by conducting maritime traffic control, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Defensive Anti-Air Warfare, Force Protection through Anti Surface Warfare, assistance to vessels in distress, Replenishment at Sea procedures and countering illegal activities at sea.

BLACK SEA

05.16.2018

Natochannel 

US & French Air Wings Train at Sea

U.S. and French navy aircraft perform flight operations during Operation Chesapeake 2018 over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Bush is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier air wing exercises with the French navy to strengthen partnerships and deepen interoperability between the two nations’ naval forces

05.18.2018

Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Roland John 

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)