Military Capabilities

Australian, Singaporean navies enhance amphibious interoperability for HADR missions

14 September 2017

Key Points

  • Australia's newest amphibious ship has conducted helicopter cross-deck operations and LCU dockings with a Singapore Navy LPD
  • Exercise validates the two platforms' ability to interoperate, and respond jointly to regional humanitarian incidents

In preparing for the eventuality of a regional humanitarian disaster, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) have undertaken measures to further improve interoperability between the two services.

An ADF MRH90 helicopter taking off from RSS Resolution during a cross-deck landing exercise in September 2017. (Commonwealth of Australia)An ADF MRH90 helicopter taking off from RSS Resolution during a cross-deck landing exercise in September 2017. (Commonwealth of Australia)

In pursuit of this effort, MRH90 helicopters operating from the RAN's Canberra-class amphibious assault ship HMAS Adelaide conducted cross-deck landings with the RSN's Endurance-class landing platform dock vessel RSS Resolution off the North Queensland coast on 10 September.

Landing craft utility (LCU) platforms operating from Resolution were also hosted in Adelaide's well dock as part of the exercise, which was conducted "over several hours", said the Australian Department of Defence in a statement. "All trials proved successful, highlighting the strong defence relationship and interoperability shared between Australia and Singapore," said the department.

"Activities such as these with our Singaporean friends not only deepens mutual understanding of our respective capabilities in supporting humanitarian events, but also reinforces to the region Australia is ready to help, should a disaster occur," said Captain Jonathan Earley, commander of the Australia Defence Force's (ADF's) Joint Task Group 661.1.

Adelaide , commissioned in December 2015, is the RAN's second of two Canberra-class LPDs. The platform features an overall length of 230.8 m, and can accommodate up to six helicopters on its flight deck, as well as up to four LCM-1E amphibious mechanised landing craft in its well dock. The ship is capable of conducting simultaneous take-off and landing operations for up to four CH-47 Chinook helicopters, according to the RAN.

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