TEK RAS off Darwin with END June 2015


HMNZS TE KAHA and HMNZS ENDEAVOUR have arrived in Darwin for Exercise Talisman Sabre. En route they took the opportunity to engage in several Replenishments at Sea (RAS), both day and night. This photo is of a day RAS with the fuel line coming over to TE KAHA (left) from ENDEAVOUR.

The two ships rendezvoused in the Indian Ocean as both ships sailed to Darwin. Along the way the opportunity was also taken to conduct  Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres and cross-decking  of personnel between ships.  The highlight of the week for two members of TEK's Ship's Company was the opportunity to be transferred between the ships via a light jackstay. This seamanship evolution is rarely conducted and was a memorable moment for those involved.

Talisman Sabre is the largest warfighting exercise Australia conducts with the United States military. It began on 5 July with around 620 personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force participating for the first time.

The exercise will see almost 30,000 troops training in multiple locations in Australia and the US. Most of the activity will be held in the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area in Central Queensland and Fog Bay in Australia's Northern Territory. Highlights include a beach landing at Fog Bay, an air drop and the co-ordinated firing of live ammunition and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft.

TE KAHA will see “action” off Darwin as part of the “Opposing Force”. The tanker ENDEAVOUR will help refuel the 21 ships (including the US Navy aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON that are taking part in the exercise.

Amphibious sealift ship HMNZS CANTERBURY took 45 Army vehicles and two Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters across to Australia for the exercise and will bring them home after it ends on 21 July. An Air Force P3 Orion is also taking part.



Navy Reading List 2015

Chief of Navy RADM Jack Steer has published the 2015 RNZN Reading List, a PDF document of book reviews of scores of books with a Navy flavour. It's essential reading for our ratings and officers but will be of wide interest to anyone with an interest in navies. CN wants to share it with you. “Reading is a pastime that is rapidly being relegated in our ever busy lives,” he writes in his introduction to the list. “Many of us have lost the art (and the joy) of simply curling up on a comfortable chair with a really good book.” Read the list at this link and seek out some of the books recommended there.

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