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THE Ship’s Army Detachment
(SAD) of HMAS Choules and sol-
diers of 2RAR will hit the waves for
two major amphibious exercises next
Block II amphibious force genera-
tion training, formerly known as Ex
Sea Lion, will mark a baptism of fire
for Choules’ SAD personnel, many of
whom have posted in since the ship’s
period of defect rectification.
The amphibious warfare exer-
cises will be conducted in Far North
Queensland in May followed by Ex
Talisman Sabre in June.
SAD 2IC Capt Nicholas Thompson
said the 22 soldiers posted to the
amphibious ship were ready for the
challenge of Block II after helping the
vessel pass unit readiness assessment
“There has been a significant
change out of SAD personnel since
HMAS Choules has come back on-
line, but the individual and collective
training that we have achieved in a
short space of time means we are ready
for the amphibious exercises,” he said.
CO HMAS Choules Cmdr Ashley
Papp said the SAD personnel played an
important role helping the ship return
to operational status.
“Choules’ return to sea is a tribute
to the professionalism and dedication
of her ship’s company, which includes
the 22-member SAD,” he said.
HMAS Choules was declared unit
ready on April 12 after 10 days at sea,
during which the soldiers and sailors
conducted extensive damage-control
exercises, watercraft and cargo opera-
tions, sea assurance testing and a mock
evacuation of noncombatants from a
Capt Thompson said the achieve-
ments of the crew during the ship’s
work up had the SAD primed for the
coming exercises, which would also
involve embarked elements of 3 Bde.
Capt Thompson said the exercis-
es would improve the SAD and the
embarked forces’ understanding of
the procedures and tasks necessary to
embark and marshal a landing force on
board and project it ashore.
He said a major feature of amphibi-
ous force integration training would be
the transfer of soldiers, vehicles and
equipment to landing craft or rotary-
wing aircraft for the movement of
troops and materiel.
“Our biggest challenge is acquaint-
ing ourselves with new equipment and
capabilities while still using old doc-
trine that was developed for Manoora
and Kanimbla,” he said.
“So at this stage our doctrine and
SOPs are still evolving, which makes
our involvement all the more purpose-
ful and interesting.”
The fundamental roles remain the
same with the SAD personnel loading
and unloading stores, vehicles, equip-
ment and embarked forces, using a
variety of methods and integral assets
ranging from material handling equip-
ment, air transport and watercraft.
SAD personnel also gained valu-
able experience during the work up by
rehearsing baseline amphibious pro-
cedures including craning operations
by loading and unloading trucks and
other light vehicles from the Sydney-
Cargo Specialist LCpl Jade Batten
said she had settled into the Navy
environment easily and relished the
opportunity to help with craning
“It has been an interesting and busy
posting so far. While drawing on our
Army experience, we have worked
well in integrating the Navy way of
doing business to achieve a solid mid-
dle ground,” she said.
Troops prepare for amphibious exercises
Sea lift: Cargo specialist LCpl Jade Batten and Pte Scott Jones guide crane operations on and off HMAS
Choules with support from Cpl Brent Widders (left), Tpr Cameron Samuels and Ship’s Army Detachment 2IC
Capt Nicholas Thompson.
Photo by AB Chantell Bianchi
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