HMAS Albatross MRH-90 helicopter takes part in Exercise RIMPAC 18

A Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter from 808 Squadron takes off as four United States Marine Corps helicopters line HMAS Adelaide's flight deck during a multi-spot exercise. Photo: Tara Byrne.
A Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter from 808 Squadron takes off as four United States Marine Corps helicopters line HMAS Adelaide's flight deck during a multi-spot exercise. Photo: Tara Byrne.

Five helicopters including a Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 Helicopter from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross have conducted a Multi Spot Operation Exercise on the Flight Deck of HMAS Adelaide during Exercise RIMPAC 18.   

The MRH-90 was joined by two United States Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper Helicopters and two United States Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom Helicopters.   

Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 18) is a biennial military training exercise to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.

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Now in its 25th iteration, the Australian Defence Force deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Rankin, an amphibious landing force from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The multinational activity  held in Hawaii and off the coast of California is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes 25,000 personnel from 25 countries.

Australian personnel exercised across a broad spectrum of scenarios from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to maritime security operations, sea control and complex war fighting.

Participating personnel and assets conducted gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boarding, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Petty Officer Aviation Support Benjamin O'Sullivan, monitors two United States Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopters as a Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter approaches HMAS Adelaide. Photo: Tara Byrne.

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Petty Officer Aviation Support Benjamin O'Sullivan, monitors two United States Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopters as a Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter approaches HMAS Adelaide. Photo: Tara Byrne.

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