ShelterBox Trains with the Australian Defence Force

Australian SRT member, Peter Pearce takes part in Exercise Sea Dawn
Australian SRT member, Peter Pearce takes part in Exercise Sea Dawn

Shelterbox Response Team members recently completed a disaster relief training exercise with the ADF (Australian Defence Force). All three Services of the ADF have came together in joint amphibious training as part of Exercise Sea Dawn in North Queensland. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members, Peter Pearce and Mike Greenslade were involved in the HADR (Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief) part of the 3-week exercise.

Bushmaster vehicles belonging to the 2 Royal Australian Regiment are transported ashore by landing craft.
Bushmaster vehicles belonging to the 2 Royal Australian Regiment are transported ashore by landing craft (LCM8).

The exercise provided Navy, Army and Air Force personnel with the chance to work closely together and develop critical skills necessary for the ADF’s development of a joint capability and execute the full spectrum of amphibious operations. The chance to work with experienced SRT members was embraced by the exercise control team as part of their HADR training. 

Officers from 2RAR negotiate with the "Mayor' and 'Police Chief' of Cowley Island.
Officers from 2RAR negotiate with the “Mayor’ and ‘Police Chief’ of Cowley Island.

The Amphibious Task Group had to not only deal with the simulated disaster situation on the fictional ‘Cowley Island’ but also the constraints of working from a sea-based platform, HMAS Choules.

HMAS Choules conducts simultaneous boat and helicopter operations with an Australian Army LCM8 landing craft operating from the wet dock and a Blackhawk helicopter operating from the flight deck.  HMAS Choules and 2RAR are conducting phase two of Exercise Sea Dawn 2014 north of Townsville.
HMAS Choules conducts simultaneous boat and helicopter operations with an Australian Army LCM8 landing craft operating from the wet dock and a Blackhawk helicopter operating from the flight deck.
HMAS Choules and 2RAR are conducting phase two of Exercise Sea Dawn 2014 north of Townsville. (image ©ADF)

ShelterBox Australia General Manager and SRT member, Mike Greenslade said, “Exercise Sea Dawn provided a fantastic training opportunity for Australian SRTs and a chance to exchange expertise. Valuable lessons were learned by all parties and it is hoped that ShelterBox can work closely with the ADF in the future.”

L-R Commander Australian Task Force, Captain Jay Bannister RAN, SRT members, Peter Pearce & Mike Greenslade; Lieutenant Colonel Michael Bassingthwaight 2RAR
L-R Commander Australian Task Force, Captain Jay Bannister RAN, SRT members, Peter Pearce & Mike Greenslade; Lieutenant Colonel Michael Bassingthwaight 2RAR
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