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Amphibious assault marks end of Exercise RIMPAC
01 Aug 2018
A multinational amphibious assault on Bellows Beach has marked the final showdown for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. 2 RAR and US Marine Corps (USMC) soldiers of Task Force Black’s pre-landing force departed HMAS Adelaide using small-boats to insert onto the beach for an urban raid. Concurrently, a combat team of US Marines, Japanese and Tongan follow-on forces launched 13 USMC Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AVV) from Adelaide’s well dock to storm the beach. The multinational task force swiftly executed the amphibious assault by surprising the notional enemy on two fronts. The activity was the culmination of weeks of training and preparation conducted during RIMPAC. 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 from 27 June to 2 August 2018 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 will exercise 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 will conduct gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.
01 Aug 2018