Photography by Petty Officer Photographer Damian Pawlenko

HMAS Manoora's SK50 Sea King helicopter flies over Collins Class submarines, HMAS Waller (foreground) and HMAS Collins.
Collins Class Submarines, HMAS Rankin, HMAS Waller and HMAS Collins transitting in formation through Gage Roads, Cockburn Sound.

Deep Caption:
Pacific Reach is a triennial Asia-Pacific submarine rescue exercise designed to promote regional cooperation on submarine rescue. The exercise this year is the fourth in the series and is being hosted by Australia between 26 November and 7 December 2007. Pacific Reach 07 is a significant exercise involving six ships, three submarines, two submarine rescue systems, a multi-national dive team and the UK SPAG† all up 1000 personnel from 15 nations will be directly involved in the exercise.

Pacific Reach is an extraordinarily valuable opportunity to work with our regional neighbours and it is our pleasure to host this years activities, said Commander Australian Naval Submarine Group, Commodore Rick Shalders. 

Pacific Reach is a truly international exercise, with units and equipment from the following countries participating: Canada, China, Republic of Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition, military observers from Chile, India, Indonesia, NATO, Pakistan, Peru, Russia and South Africa will also attend.
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HATS Project

Civmec has commenced civil works for the Department of Defence's Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) project at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, NSW.

The HATS project is delivering infrastructure to support the delivery of a new helicopter training system for Australian Navy and Army  personnel.

Civmec’s package of works includes earthworks, excavation, demolition, roadworks and landscaping services.

Awarded by HATS’ managing contractor Lendlease, the contract is expected to be completed in approximately 16 months.




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