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.
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.
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.
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.”