HMAS Ballarat recently used a transit from Fleet Base West in Perth to Christmas Island to conduct an Augmented Security Patrol (ASP) of Australia's North West Shelf Venture.
Navy divers from Australian Clearance Dive Team One have cleared Pearl Harbor of mines and unexploded ordnance giving safe access to the ‘Country Green’ forces in Exercise RIMPAC 2012.
Approximately 1100 Australian sailors, soldiers, airmen and women are participating on Exercise RIM-OF-THE-PACIFIC (RIMPAC 12) from 27 Jun 12 to 2 Aug 12 in the Islands of Hawaii.
Australian Army personnel from the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) are working with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in the Hawaii area. Engineers from 3 Combat Engineer Regiment (3 CER) and 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (4 REGT, RAA) are supporting the infantry along with medical specialists.
During the exercise, the soldiers will conduct training in urban operations at the Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, live fire exercises and training onboard the United States Ship Essex (USS Essex).
RIMPAC 12 is the world’s largest multilateral live-fire maritime training exercise held around the Islands of Hawaii.
There are 22 participating nations including Australia, Canada, France and Russia. The US sponsored exercise is aimed to enhance the interoperability of the combined forces and involves war-fighting exercises, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) and maritime security operations.