BPC DIXMUDE en Australie DARWIN
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Les entrainements avec la Marine australienne se sont déroulés pendant 4 jours au large de Darwin. La presse australienne est impressionnée par les 25000 tonnes d'acier que représentent le HMAS Newcastle, le BPC Dixmude et la frégate Surcouf. Elle évoque la capacité à naviguer à proximité l'un de l'autre.
HMAS Newcastle is one of four Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) in service with the Royal Australian Navy. The Adelaide Class is based on the US Navy - Oliver Hazard Perry Design. Newcastle is the youngest of the four frigates and was constructed in Williamstown, Victoria with all previous class modifications incorporated.
Newcastle is a long range escort vessel, capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines
Le Commandant Anita Sellick, Commandant le HMAS Newcastle, a déclaré que les exercices et les engagements avec les marines étrangères sont une partie importante du travail de la RAN en mer.«L'interopérabilité à travers ce passage a démontré un engagement continu envers les relations australiennes et françaises dans la région, et la collaboration avec nos partenaires régionaux est particulièrement importante car elle permet de mieux comprendre nos différences et notre force collective», a déclaré le commandant Sellick.Merci à CB
When more than 25,000 tonnes of steel in the shape of three warships exercise in close proximity to each other, it is an impressive example of each crew's warfighting and seamanship skills. That display occurred when HMAS Newcastle trained with French Navy Ships Dixmude and Surcouf off the coast of Darwin recently.
Newcastle practiced gunnery serials, officer of the watch manoeuvres, communication exercises and replenishment at sea approaches with the two French vessels over a four-day period.
Commanding Officer of Newcastle, Commander Anita Sellick, said exercises and engagements with foreign navies are an important part of the RAN's work at sea.
"The interoperability through this passage demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Australian and French relations in the region. Working with our regional partners is especially important as it builds a deeper understanding of our differences and our collective strength," Commander Sellick said.
Dixmude and Surcouf were in Australia as part of Jean d'Arc 2018, a Task Group deployed by the French Navy to the Asia-Pacific each year to increase cooperation between France and its allies in the region.
Dixmude is the second largest ship in the French Navy's fleet. The Amphibious Assault Ship can accommodate 900 crew and up to 35 helicopters. It also boasts landing craft and a fully equipped hospital onboard. Several officers and sailors from Newcastle were afforded the opportunity to visit Dixmudeduring the exercises.
Operations Officer Lieutenant Gemma Casserly said she was impressed by the professionalism of the ship and her crew.
"Dixmude is a state-of-the-art ship. The crew also went out of their way to show the Australian contingent how the French operate. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the Jean d'Arc Task Group," Lieutenant Casserly said.
After the exercises, the ships took time off in Darwin and competed in friendly games of soccer and touch rugby, followed by a barbeque hosted by Newcastle.
Commander Sellick said the French "were very gracious with their hospitality in Dixmude, and the sports day hosted by the Australian Navy was a way of expressing our appreciation".
Before meeting the French warships, Newcastle had been in Western Australia to assist the frigate HMAS Ballarat and submarine HMAS Sheean with their Unit Readiness Workups - a routine assessment period undertaken at sea to demonstrate the required level of operational capability.
Newcastle has now sailed to the east coast of Australia to participate in Exercise SEA RAIDER, which seeks to train Navy's amphibious capabilities.