Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Australia-Japan bilateral exercise concludes


Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force counterparts gathered in Sydney to conduct the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT from 15-26 April 2016. The exercise, which has been conducted between Australia and Japan since 2009, was an opportunity to develop and enhance the bilateral naval relationship by practising maritime skills and improving levels of interoperability between our two navies. This was the first opportunity to conduct the exercise off Sydney. HMA Ships Ballarat, Adelaide and Success took part in the exercise along with aviation elements, including Navy’s 816 Squadron’s S-70B Seahawks and the Air Force’s AP-3C Orion and Hawk 127 aircraft. Two Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force destroyers JS Umigiri (DD158), JS Asayuki (DD132) and one submarine, JS Hakuryu (SS 503) also took part. The exercise aimed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding between the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and Australian Defence Force in selected facets of maritime operations. The previous NICHI GOU TRIDENT was last held in Japan in October 2015. RAN Photo

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April 23, 2016 - Ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have completed the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT off the coast of New South Wales.
The exercise, which has been conducted regularly between Australia and Japan since 2009, was aimed at further developing interoperability between the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy,
HMA Ships Ballarat, Adelaide and Success along with JMSDF destroyers JS Umigiri, JS Asayuki and submarine, JS Hakuryu, conducted a range of activities including anti-submarine warfare, ship handling and aviation operations as well as activities with Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion and Hawk 127 aircraft.
Australian Exercise Director, Captain Brian Schlegel said the successful interactions were especially important for the navies at a working level.
“The exercise was successful and certainly provided ample opportunity to practice significant activities in a bilateral environment with open exchanges of ideas and operating procedures to further enhance our interoperability.”
Australia and Japan conduct regular exercises, including NICHI GOU TRIDENT and the biennial Exercise KAKADU.
The JMSDF ships will spend a few days in harbour with crews participating in cultural activities before departing for home.


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