SEA LION 2013
The first major Australian Defence Force (ADF) joint amphibious exercise for the year, Exercise SEA LION, is being held off North Queensland.
Personnel from HMAS Choules and two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH), a MRH90 Multi-Role Helicopter and a Royal Australian Air Force AP3-C Orion are taking part in the 14 day exercise. Australian Army troops from the 3rd, 6th, 16th and 17th Brigades will form the Amphibious Ready Element (ARE) based on 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR).
During the exercise, participants will hone amphibious procedures and training systems. A key element will be the transfer of soldiers, vehicles and equipment to landing craft for an amphibious lodgement.
SEA LION is a part of ADF enhanced amphibious capability development as the transition to operations with the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) continues. The annual joint exercise is a precursor to the next level of training on Exercise TALISMAN SABER in July 2013.