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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
31 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 816 Squadron Detachment Training Flight -- HMAS Perth 816 Squadron Detachment (816 Det) Training Flight (S70B2 -- Tiger 80) embarked HMAS Perth in Jervis Bay on 12 Jul 13, immediately following Perth's Unit Readiness Evaluation. The purpose of this detachment over the three-week duration of Talisman Sabre 13 was to achieve Flight Senior Maintenance Sailor (FSMS) and aircrew training and qualifications. The first task for the detachment flight was to assist Perth in achieving its night Aviation Sea Safety Assessment (ASSA). Having achieved the day component of this assessment on 12 Jun 13, Perth was required to demonstrate that it could safely conduct flying operations at night before it could achieve Authority to Operate (AUTHOP) with Tiger 80 for Talisman Sabre 13. Overall, 50.5 flying hours (27.8 day, 22.7 night) were achieved by 816 Det, led by the Flight Commander, LCDR Jeff Topping. The detachment seamlessly integrated into the Crew and flying operations quickly became the norm, with sorties commencing mid-afternoon and extending into the late evening. The detachment consisted of 24 personnel, which included four pilots, three Aviation Warfare Officers (AvWO), two FSMS, three aircrew and 12 maintainers. Significant aviation training milestones were met during Talisman Sabre 13 and a number of flying and utilities evolutions were conducted. This occurred over a 14 day period. Unfortunately, due to a priority 1 URDEF that occurred on the bladefold system during planned maintenance on 26 Jul 13, 816 Det was unable to complete the remaining training required to upgrade one further Flight Deck Marshaller (FDM), night deck landing qualifications (DLQ) for one pilot and night qualifications for one Landing Supervisor Officer (LSO). As a result, Tiger 80 was also unable to participate in the ASuW component of Talisman Sabre Complex Group Warfare. This aside, 816 Det was able to significantly contribute to Perth's capability during Talisman Sabre 13. On several occasions Tiger 80 supported logistics functions such as collecting priority stores from the Combined Support Element (CSE) at Rockhampton airport and some much needed fresh fruit resupply in the middle of the exercise! Tiger 80 also facilitated passenger transfers between ashore, Australian and US units during Talisman Sabre and there was even an opportunity for some 'joy flights' for 25 lucky Perth personnel. Flying Statistics and Evolutions Flying Hours: 50.5 hours Day Flying Hours: 27.8 hours Night Flying Hours: 22.7 hours Recovery Assist (RA): 40 Free Deck (FD) recoveries: 52 Clear Deck (CD) recoveries: 68 Transfers: 30 (including 4 x FWD transfers) VERTREP (Vertical Replenishment): 7 HIFR (Helicopter In-Flight Refuelling): 6 SSRA (Ship Surveillance Radar Approach): 5 Crash on Deck exercise: 2 Passenger flights: 5 (25 members of Ship's Company enjoyed a helo flight) Training Milestones Met Deck Landing Qualification (DLQ) • LCDR O'Toole regained currency • LEUT George fully qualified • LEUTs Talbot and Urquhart fully qualified left-hand seat • LT Plappert (USN) achieved day only qualification Embarked Utility Operations • LSA Inglish and LSA Colbert fully qualified Landing Supervisor Officer (LSO) • LEUT George, LEUT Talbot, LSA Colbert and LSA Inglish achieved LSO limited supervision • LEUT Urquhart achieved day only qualification Helicopter Control Officer (HCO) • SBLT Van Order achieved HCO Grade 2 qualification Flight Deck Marshaller (FDM) • POML-S Thomson achieved FDM Grade 2 qualification Flight Senior Maintenance Sailor (FSMS) • Under the supervision of CPOATA Porter, CPOATA Wratten completed his sea check and achieved his FSMS qualification 816 Squadron Detachment Flight (Tiger 80) conducting Forward Transfer operations onboard HMAS Perth SBLT Van Order and LEUT Russo conducting operations as Helicopter Control Officer (HCO).