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Ex Bersama Shield 2017 - HMAS Ballarat conducted a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with HMNZS Endeavour during Ex Bersama Shield  2017. Image: RAN - Commomwealth of Australia.

Singapore Navy Celebrates 50 Years

This year, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN50) commemorates her Golden Jubilee. 

As part of the anniversary celebrations, HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Endeavour will be part of the RSN's inaugural International Maritime Review (IMR) on 15 May 2017.

This month both ships have been participating in Ex Bersama Shield (with Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the UK), a major training exercise, which aims to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationship of the FPDA nations through the conduct of combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment



Exercise Joint Waka - Tests Amphibious Operations

The field phase of a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) amphibious operations exercise involving all three Services this week is under way at Army Bay, north of Auckland, with a beach landing and advanced assault training.

Exercise Joint Waka is aimed at training and testing the NZDF’s capabilities for amphibious operations and  involves the Navy’s amphibious support vessel HMNZS Canterbury, soldiers from 1 Brigade at Linton, and three NH90 helicopters from No 3 Squadron at Ohakea.

The Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Major General Tim Gall, said that although the NZDF has frequently demonstrated the ability to deploy a combined force, Joint Waka is designed to further enhance its amphibious capability.

“The ability to work together seamlessly and with maximum efficiency is a cornerstone of a successful deployed joint force that can deal with any of the contingencies we face at home and overseas including natural disasters and humanitarian crises,” he said.

“Joint Waka also ties in with Exercise Southern Katipo, our major international exercise in New Zealand later this year, which will be a further opportunity for the three Services to conduct integrated training in a simulated deployed environment.”

Ex Joint Waka - Private Greer Hutton of the amphibious beach team marshals an NZ Army MHOV ashore from a landing craft, with the Navy amphibious support vessel HMNZS Canterbury in the background.

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