HMAS Perth works hard in the East Australian Exercise Area for a Unit Readiness Evaluation

26 June 2013
The Officer of the Watch onboard HMAS Perth keeps a watchful eye as HMAS Melbourne comes astern in preparation for a Tow Exercise in the East Australian Exercise Area, Jervis Bay.
The Officer of the Watch onboard HMAS Perth keeps a watchful eye as HMAS Melbourne comes astern in preparation for a Tow Exercise in the East Australian Exercise Area, Jervis Bay.

HMAS Perth is a little way from her home port of Fleet Base West as she works hard in the East Australian Exercise Area, near Jervis Bay to prepare for a Unit Readiness Evaluation where she will be tested on Warfare, Seamanship, Emergency Procedures and much more in preparation for a busy six months of exercises.

Perth has battled huge swells brought on by a cold weather front on the east coast, conducted a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Sirius and supported HMAS Melbourne in her important "Work Up" and Readiness Examination.

This intense practical assessment conducted by Sea Training Group onboard ships and boats is to prepare them for major deployments.

After exercising in the east side of the country with her colleagues on Sirius and Melbourne, the 175 men and women in Perth will continue to a major joint amphibious exercise in Queensland in July.

HMAS Perth's Operations Room becomes a hive of activity as members of Ships Company work on their combat proficiencies as part of a gunnery serial to engage a Fast Intercept Attack Craft off the coast of New South Wales.
HMAS Perth's Operations Room becomes a hive of activity as members of Ships Company work on their combat proficiencies as part of a gunnery serial to engage a Fast Intercept Attack Craft off the coast of New South Wales.

Additional imagery is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20130441 and http://images.defence.gov.au/S20130442