15 July 2009
Kanimbla begins central role in Talisman Saber 09
With more than five hundred service personnel embarked from Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as United States Marines, HMAS Kanimbla has arrived off Cowley Beach in Queensland ready to begin her central role in Exercise Talisman Saber 09.
The ship has already become a hive of activity as the crew prepares for a number of amphibious activities designed to improve the interoperability of Australian and US forces.
Commander Tim Byles, HMAS Kanimbla’s Commanding Officer, said that his crew was looking forward to the challenges the exercise would bring, as they had spent many months preparing for Talisman Saber. This training was promptly put to the test when Kanimbla was asked on day two of the exercise to conduct a stern door marriage with a landing craft from USS Denver.
Commander Byles said that he was proud with the way the crew handled this challenge, as it was the first time Kanimbla had undertaken this manoeuvre with a ship from the US Navy.
‘Our successful evolutions demonstrate Kanimbla’s ability to work safely and efficiently with members of the US Navy’, Commander Byles said.
As a result of this type of exercise, Australian and US forces will be better able to cooperate in a variety of military operations including conventional conflict, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions.
“Australian and US Forces have a long and successful track record in assisting each other and I am confident that Talisman Saber will build upon these past achievements,” said Commander Byles.
Seaman Communications & Information Systems (CIS) Dylan Jacobs (right) mans the tactical voice circuit onboard HMAS KANIMBLA as Leading Seaman CIS Simon Levoune decodes signals received during Exerciser Talisman Saber 09.
Lieutenant Shaun Nelson keeps HMAS KANIMBLA on track as he plots its course during Exercise Talisman Saber 09.
Sub Lieutenant Tim Forge stands on the bridge of HMAS KANIMBLA as Officer of the Watch, providing safety for all onboard during Exercise Talisman Saber.
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate James Pendergast checks the speed set on the bridge engine levers, onboard HMAS KANIMBLA during Exercise Talisman Saber 09.
Able Seaman Electronics Technician Tevita Vula checks a circuit board, part of the F-band navigation radar onboard HMAS KANIMBLA during Exercise Talisman Saber 09.
Seaman Electronics Technician Coby Smith inspects the starboard Typhoon 25mm chain machine gun onboard HMAS KANIMBLA during Exercise Talisman Saber 09.
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator (ABCSO) John Webb (left) watches on as ABCSO Sean Harper-Wirth (centre) mans the surface tactical display terminal in the operations room onboard HMAS KANIMBLA during Exercise Talisman Saber 09.
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Prodromos Kioultzitzis sits at the control console of a Typhoon 25mm chain machine gun in the operations room, HMAS KANIMBLA during exercise Talisman Saber 09.