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Table 2.6: ADF Joint Exercises(1)
Exercise Forces Objective and Performance
Vital Prospect 03
June 2003

Conducted
DJFHQ, Navy, Army, Air Force Objective: To practise the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters staff in the methods, procedures, planning and conduct of joint operations through participation in a command post exercise.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully, further developing staff in the conduct of the joint military appreciation process.
Northern Shield
May 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Army, Air Force Objective: To exercise Headquarters Northern Command and the integrated Operational Coordination Committee in the joint planning and conduct of operations within the Northern Command area of operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Oprex 01/03(2)
May 2003

Conducted
Army, Air Force Objective: To practise and evaluate ADF operational and tactical level response arrangements for the provision of Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities under the National Anti-Terrorist Plan.
Performance: Achieved. This exercise practised and confirmed ADF response arrangements under the National Anti-Terrorist Plan.
Sea Eagle 03(2)
March 2003

Conducted
Navy, Army Objective: To develop amphibious core skills by conducting a basic joint amphibious exercise involving major fleet units, landing craft, aviation assets, primary casualty reception elements, and landing force elements and to prepare the Amphibious Warfare Group for the joint and combined Exercise Crocodile 03 in September 2003.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully, developing Amphibious Warfare Group core skills.
Squadex 03-1
March 2003

Conducted
Navy, Army Objective: To maintain core maritime and land force elements of the Amphibious Force Element Group by conducting a basic amphibious work-up, embarkation and disembarkation procedures and practising the control of watercraft and helicopters for basic assault.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise provided training as the work-up to Exercise Sea Eagle 03.
Cressida II(2)
March 2003

Conducted
Headquarters Australian Theatre,
Naval, Land, Air and Special Operations components
Objective: To test and validate command and staff procedures of Headquarters Australian Theatre and Component headquarters in the full range of procedures to be taken during an incident involving fatal casualties and the notification of casualties.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise enhanced the preparedness of staff in the conduct of operations.
Sea Snake 03
February - June 2003

Cancelled
Army, Air Force Objective: To evaluate the preparedness of high-readiness elements and selected air elements by practising the command and control of joint forces deployed in a simulated offshore environment through the planning and execution of evacuation operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Vital Launch 03
February 2003

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force and Special Operations Objective: To practise Deployable Joint Force Headquarters and component staff in the methods, procedures, planning and conduct of joint and combined operations through participation in the joint military appreciation process.
Performance: Achieved. Maritime and air component staff integrated successfully with a Joint Task Force Headquarters. Comprehensive testing in the planning and conduct of maritime operations in a joint environment was achieved.
Minor War Vessel Concentration 03
February 2003

Conducted
Navy, Army Objective: To ensure that the patrol boat, hydrographic and amphibious (minor war vessel) Force Element Groups maintain the minimum level of capability by undertaking high-intensity collective harbour and sea training and exercising Special Forces insertion techniques.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise provided an excellent opportunity for junior officer continuation training. Special Forces exercises also provided scope for developing new skills and maintaining the minimum level of capability for Fremantle-class patrol boats.
Tendi Walk(2)
January - February 2003

Conducted
Headquarters Australian Theatre, Naval, Land, Air and Special Operations components Objective: Command post exercise to practise Headquarters Australian Theatre and component staff in planning for joint operations.
Performance: Achieved. Personnel successfully practised planning for joint operations.
Red Snake 02
September 2002

Cancelled
Navy, Army, Air Force Objective: To evaluate commando capabilities by undertaking a strike exercise employing air and sea insertion techniques.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled. Commando capabilities were successfully evaluated in Exercise Swift Eagle 02.
Oprex Sun 02-2
August 2002

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force Objective: To evaluate the ADF response arrangements for the provision of Defence Force Aid to Civilian Authorities and Defence Assistance to the Civil Community under the National Anti-Terrorist Plan by practising procedures in response to a terrorist incident.
Performance: Achieved. ADF procedures and response arrangements under the National Anti-Terrorist Plan were confirmed.
Platypus Moon 02
July 2002

Cancelled
Navy, Army Objective: To develop and practise launch and recovery techniques from submarines for Special Forces operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the unavailability of amphibious assets. This capability will be practised in 2003-04.
Notes
  1. Exercise Day Anchor 02 was erroneously reported in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2002-03 and the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2002-03 as being conducted in June - July 2002. The exercise was conducted in February 2002. The exercise was erroneously omitted from the Defence Annual Report 2001-02.
  2. These exercises were erroneously omitted from the Portfolio Budget Statements 2002-03.
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Table 2.7: Combined ADF/United States Exercises
Exercise Forces Objective
Gold Eagle 02
June - July 2002

Conducted
Army Objective: To further develop interoperability between the Australian Army and the United States Marine Corps by conducting a field training or amphibious exercise that provides familiarisation training in capabilities, equipment and facilities not available in Australia and to gain a working knowledge of the United States Marine Corps' operational, logistic and administrative procedures.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted as part of Exercise Rimpac 02.
Southern Frontier 2002
June - August 2002

Conducted
Air Force Objective: To enhance and maintain a close relationship with the United States Marine Corps by hosting a United States Marine Corps Flying Units training exercise at RAAF Tindal and RAAF Darwin bases.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was successfully conducted.
Pacific Reserve 02
July 2002

Conducted
Army Reserve Objective: To further develop interoperability between the Australian Army Reserve and the United States Army Reserve by conducting a field training exercise that provides familiarisation training in capabilities, equipment and facilities not available in Australia, and to gain a working knowledge of the United States Army Reserve operational, logistic and administrative procedures.
Performance: Achieved. Interoperability between the Australian Army Reserve and the United States Army Reserve was developed and tested.
Pacific Bond 02
July - August 2002

Conducted
Army Objective: To further develop non-infantry arms corps interoperability between the Australian and United States armies by undertaking familiarisation training in capabilities, equipment and facilities not available in Australia, and to gain a working knowledge of United States Army operational, logistic and administrative procedures.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was an excellent opportunity to increase interoperability across non-infantry arms corps.
Lungfish 02
August 2002

Conducted
Navy Objective: To develop and practise doctrine and tactics for combined RAN and United States Navy submarine operations by exercising operating procedures within an anti-submarine warfare environment.
Performance: Achieved. Successful maritime interaction was achieved and doctrine and tactics for combined maritime operations were practised and validated.
Red Flag/Green Flag
August - September 2002

Conducted
Air Force Objective: To enhance interoperability between Australian and United States forces by conducting a coalition joint air combat exercise in a hostile anti-aircraft environment.
Performance: Achieved. Interoperability between Australian and United States forces was enhanced and valuable training was gained.
Extendex 02-4
September 2002

Conducted
Air Force Objective: To enhance interoperability between the RAAF and United States Navy by conducting anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance training against a United States Navy submarine.
Performance: Achieved. Successful maritime interaction was achieved through this exercise and valuable anti-submarine warfare and anti submarine surveillance training was gained.
Extendex 03-1
October - December 2002

Cancelled
Air Force Objective: To enhance interoperability between the RAAF and United States Navy by conducting anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance training against a United States Navy submarine.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Dugong 02
November 2002

Conducted
Navy Objective: To maintain Mine Counter Measures Force Element Group proficiency, standards and safety in all core mariner and mine warfare areas by conducting a combined mine counter-measures diving and explosive ordnance disposal procedures exercise.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully and core mariner and mine warfare skills were validated.
Extendex 03-2
January - March 2003

Cancelled
Air Force Objective: To enhance interoperability with RAAF and United States Navy by conducting anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance training against a United States Navy submarine.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Emu Moon 03(1)
March - April 2003
Conducted
Army, Air Force Objective: To practise Special Forces insertion, re-supply and extraction by conducting parachuting and air landing operations.
Performance: Achieved. Currency in airborne capability for available Special Forces personnel was achieved. Additional training will be conducted in late 2003 for personnel who have returned from operations.
Star Eagle 03
April - May 2003

Cancelled
Army Objective: To enhance interoperability between the Australian and United States armies through the commencement of an annual engagement exercise between 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and the United States 75 Ranger Regiment.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the unavailability of United States assets.
Tandem Thrust 03
April - May 2003

Conducted
Air Force Objective: To practise short warning combined operations.
Performance: Partially Achieved. Participation in the exercise was reduced due to operational commitments. The exercise was successful, albeit with limited participation.
Air Warrior 11 03
May 2003

Cancelled
Air Force Objective: To train airlift and ground force crews in short notice tactical operations and combat airlift.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Gold Eagle 03
May - July 2003

Conducted
Army Objective: To further develop interoperability between the Australian Army and the United States Marine Corps by conducting a field training or amphibious exercise that provides familiarisation training in capabilities, equipment and facilities not available in Australia, and to gain a working knowledge of United States Marine Corps operational, logistic and administrative procedures.
Performance: Substantially Achieved. The exercise provided training with the United States Marine Corps and interoperability was enhanced through the conduct of a field training exercise.
Extendex 03-3
June 2003

Conducted
Air Force Objective: To enhance interoperability between the RAAF and United States Navy by conducting anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance training against a United States Navy submarine.
Performance: Achieved. Successful maritime interaction was achieved and valuable anti-submarine warfare and anti submarine surveillance training was gained.
Notes
  1. Exercise Emu Moon 03 was erroneously omitted from the Portfolio Budget Statements 2002-03.
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Table 2.8: Combined ADF/Five Power Defence Arrangements Exercises
Exercise Australian Forces Participating
Countries
Objective
Stardex 02
September 2002

Conducted
Navy, Air Force Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom Objective: To exercise maritime, land and air forces from member nations of the Five Power Defence Arrangements in the defence of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability among forces.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully. Five Power Defence Arrangements procedures were validated in the conduct of combined and joint operations and valuable under surface warfare and air defence training was achieved.
Suman Warrior 2002
September - October 2002

Conducted
Army Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom Objective: To develop interoperability and foster better relationships and mutual understanding among the Five Power Defence Arrangements armies by undertaking combined land operations and practising operational command and staff procedures in combined operations.
Performance: Achieved. Interoperability was enhanced through the conduct and practice of combined operations procedures.
Iads Adex 03
April 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Air Force Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom Objective: To practise and develop operational procedures and tactics with Five Power Defence Arrangements units in a joint and combined maritime exercise.
Performance: Not Achieved. RAAF and RAN participation was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Flying Fish 03
June - July 2003

Conducted
Navy, Air Force Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom Objective: To validate the adequacy and compatibility of Five Power Defence Arrangements tactical doctrine by practising joint procedures for the air and maritime defence of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.
Performance: Substantially Achieved. The exercise was successfully completed. Operational commitments resulted in United Kingdom participation being reduced. Five Power Defence Arrangements tactical doctrine and joint procedures were effectively practised.

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Table 2.9: Combined ADF/New Zealand Exercises
Exercise Forces Objective
Swift Eagle 02(1)
September 2002

Conducted
Deployable Joint Force Headquarters Objective: To evaluate a Combined Task Force in the conduct of short warning evacuation operations.
Performance: Achieved. Commando capabilities were successfully validated in the conduct of evacuation operations.
Tasman Exchange 02
September - October 2002

Conducted
Army Objective: To further develop interoperability between the Australian and New Zealand armies and gain a working knowledge of New Zealand's operational, logistic and administrative procedures at the tactical level by undertaking familiarisation training in capabilities and with equipment not available in Australia.
Performance: Achieved. Interoperability between the Australian and New Zealand armies was enhanced.
Tasman Link 2002
October 2002

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force Objective: To enhance relations between Australian and New Zealand forces by conducting a live fire support coordination exercise.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted following Exercise Tasman Exchange 02. The live-fire support coordination exercise enhanced relations between Australian and New Zealand forces.
Night Kiwi 02
November 2002

Cancelled
Army, Air Force Objective: To maintain interoperability between Australian and New Zealand Special Forces by conducting combined special operations training and a mutual exchange of information relating to developments in special operations techniques and equipment.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments, with Australia to participate in the New Zealand exercise, Wyvern Primo, in September 2003.
Ocean Protector
February 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Air Force Objective: To maintain the RAN fleet operational capability as a work-up to Exercise Tasmanex by demonstrating proficiency in core skills, standards and safety across all facets of maritime warfare and operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments and rolled into Exercise Tasmanex 03 which practises the same capabilities.
Anzac Series 03
March - May 2003

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force Objective: To broaden the knowledge and experience of ADF and New Zealand Defence Force personnel with a series of individual exchanges that provide a working knowledge of the host unit's operational, logistic and administrative procedures and exposure to another culture, procedures and equipment.
Performance: Achieved. The Anzac Series provided individuals from both nations the opportunity to develop their experience and professional knowledge.
Notes
  1. Exercise Swift Eagle 02 was erroneously omitted from the Portfolio Budget Statements 2002-03.
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Table 2.10: Other Combined Exercises
Exercise Australian Forces Participating
Countries
Objective
Rimpac 02
June - July 2002

Conducted
Navy, Air Force United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Chile, Peru and France Objective: To enhance interoperability and the proficiency of participating maritime and air forces by practising coalition arrangements centred on realistic short warning littoral operations.
Performance: Partially Achieved. The exercise was reduced due to operational commitments. Although ADF and United States Navy participation was reduced, under-sea warfare, surface warfare and anti-air warfare training was successfully conducted.
Long Look 02
June - September 2002

Conducted
Army United Kingdom Objective: To broaden the experience and knowledge of personnel and promote continued cooperation between the United Kingdom and Australian forces with a bilateral exchange of individual personnel.
Performance: Achieved. Individuals from both nations developed in both exercise and operational contexts.
Fincastle 02
July 2002

Conducted
Air Force Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand Objective: To enhance interoperability between RAAF, Canadian, British and New Zealand air and maritime forces by participating in a multilateral exercise providing training in undersea warfare procedures.
Performance: Achieved. Excellent under-sea warfare training was gained during the exercise.
Wyvern Sun 02
July 2002

Conducted
Army Thailand Objective: To enhance skills, techniques and tactical knowledge and to improve the standard of the operational skills of Australian and Thai Special Forces through reciprocal and combined training.
Performance: Partially Achieved. The exercise was reduced in scale due to operational commitments.
Vigilant Blade 02
July 2002

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force Canada, United Kingdom, United States Objective: To develop and validate the capability to lead or participate in the conduct of intelligence operations in support of a combined or coalition deployed force. The Australian-United States sponsored exercise practised intelligence operations and force protection in a combined environment and provided an opportunity to evaluate doctrine, procedures and interoperability for intelligence support to operations.
Performance: Achieved. Valuable intelligence capability and interoperability training was gained during the exercise.
Pitch Black 02
July - August 2002

Conducted
Army, Air Force United Kingdom, Singapore, United States Objective: To enhance interoperability between Australian, United Kingdom, Singaporean and United States forces by conducting an air combat training exercise and practising integrated air defence procedures in large force employment missions including offensive and defensive counter-air missions.
Performance: Achieved. Beneficial air defence training in the planning and conduct of large force air defence operations was gained.
Tamex 02-3
July - September 2002

Cancelled
Navy, Air Force United States, New Zealand Objective: To enhance interoperability with New Zealand Defence or United States Navy forces by practising combined anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Puk Puk(1)
July - September 2002
Conducted
Army Papua New Guinea Objective: To exercise with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force engineer battalion to promote engineering interoperability.
Performance: Achieved. The ADF provided barracks infrastructure and skills training to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, enhancing defence ties between Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Singas Exchange 02-03
July 2002 - March 2003

Conducted
Army Singapore Objective: To broaden the military knowledge and experience of Australian and Republic of Singapore Army personnel with a reciprocal individual exchange that provides a working knowledge of the host unit's operational, logistic and administrative procedures and promotes continued cooperation through exposure to another culture, procedures, equipment and personnel.
Performance: Achieved. Five Australian and five Singaporean army personnel participated. Individuals and host units gained a valuable understanding of foreign culture and procedures.
Chapel Gold 02
July 2002

Conducted
Army Thailand Objective: To further develop interoperability between the Australian and Royal Thai armies by practising individual skills and field craft in a tropical environment, and to gain a working knowledge of Royal Thai Army operational, logistic and administrative procedures.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully, furthering interoperability between the Australian and Royal Thai armies.
Night Lion 02
August 2002

Conducted
Army Australia, Singapore Objective: To develop an understanding of, and interoperability with, the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces through the mutual exchange of ideas and developments in special operations techniques and equipment.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully and interoperability with the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces was developed.
Mastex 02
August 2002

Conducted
Navy, Air Force Malaysia Objective: To progress interoperability between the RAN and the Royal Malaysian Navy in aspects of maritime warfare common to both forces by conducting graduated training activities and weapons practices.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully.
Hunter 02
August 2002

Conducted
Navy Singapore Objective: To progress interoperability in aspects of mine warfare and clearance diving common to the RAN and the Republic of Singapore Navy by conducting combined mine counter-measures operations.
Performance: Achieved. Personnel capability was refreshed and beneficial preparedness prior to Exercise Stardex 02 was achieved.
Penguin 02
September 2002

Conducted
Navy, Air Force Brunei Objective: To develop and enhance interoperability between the RAN, RAAF and the Royal Brunei Navy by practising maritime patrol and surveillance procedures.
Performance: Achieved. Successful training was achieved.
Pirap Jabiru 02
September 2002

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force Thailand Objective: To enhance interoperability between the ADF and the Royal Thai Air Force by undertaking a planning exercise to develop procedures for the conduct of combined multinational peace support operations under the auspices of the United Nations.
Performance: Achieved. Exercise objectives were achieved and interoperability between the ADF and Royal Thai Air Force was enhanced.
Tricrab 02
September 2002

Conducted
Navy, Air Force United States, Singapore Objective: To coordinate and enhance interoperability between the RAN, United States Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy by practising airborne insertion methods, enhancing rapid deployment procedures and conducting explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device disposal operations.
Performance: Achieved. Successful explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device disposal training was gained and effective interaction between the RAN, United States Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy was achieved.
Goodwill 02
October 2002

Conducted
Navy, Air Force Japan Objective: To further RAN, RAAF and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force interoperability through the conduct of a sea exercise program.
Performance: Achieved. The sea exercise program was conducted successfully and continued interoperability was achieved.
Haringaroo 02-2
October 2002

Cancelled
Army Malaysia Objective: To enhance interoperability between the Australian Army and the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces at the tactical level by practising skills and field craft in a tropical environment.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the withdrawal of the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces.
Longreach 02
October - November 2002

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force Fiji Objective: To conduct engagement with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and impart Australian operational planning techniques from the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces by practising contingency, operational and combined planning procedures in potential humanitarian assistance missions.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise provided an excellent forum for the exchange of information and ideas in the planning of combined operations by the Defence Forces of Australia and Fiji.
Lumbas 02
October - December 2002
Conducted
Navy Philippines Objective: To develop interoperability in coordinated or combined maritime patrol and surveillance operations between the RAN and Philippines Navy.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully and interoperability between the RAN and Philippines Navy was enhanced.
Croix Du Sud 2002
November 2002
Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force New Zealand, France Objective: To maintain relations and enhance interoperability between the Australian, New Zealand and French defence forces by conducting a joint and combined exercise practising non-combatant evacuation operations in a non-permissive environment.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise provided successful training in the conduct of Services-protected evacuation and humanitarian aid operations, and interoperability between the Australian, New Zealand and French defence forces was enhanced.
Night Falcon 02
November 2002

Conducted
Army, Air Force Papua New Guinea Objective: To enhance and maintain Special Forces skills by practising the deployment of a Special Air Service Regiment force element and conducting unilateral war-roles training and limited non-Special Forces bilateral training with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force in a challenging location in Papua New Guinea.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise confirmed Special Force skills, and bilateral training with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force was beneficial.
Helicon Luk 02
November 2002

Conducted
Army Papua New Guinea Objective: To train and qualify aircrew in high-density altitude operations by conducting navigation and operations in mountainous terrain and familiarising aircrew with tropical operating conditions.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise provided essential high altitude training in a mountainous terrain.
Paradise 02
November 2002

Conducted
Navy, Air Force Papua New Guinea Objective: To enhance interoperability between Australian and Papua New Guinea defence forces by practising bilateral maritime surveillance and Exclusive Economic Zone protection measures and selected facets of maritime skills common to both forces.
Performance: Achieved. Maritime surveillance and Exclusive Economic Zone protection measures were validated and maritime skills practised.
Star Leopard 02(2)
October 2002

Conducted
Army Brunei Objective: To conduct bilateral Special Forces war roles training with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully and relations between the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Australian Special Forces were enhanced.
Comptuex 03-1
November 2002

Conducted
Air Force United States, Canada Objective: Combined maritime warfare exercise with United States Pacific Fleet forces, to practise combined warfare operations with an undersea warfare focus and to maintain operational preparedness training requirements for the RAAF.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully and a high level of undersea warfare training was achieved and readiness levels were significantly enhanced.
Tamex 02-4
December 2002

Cancelled
Navy, Air Force United States, New Zealand Objective: To enhance interoperability with New Zealand Defence or United States Navy forces by practising combined anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to amphibious and aircraft operational commitments.
Taa Nok In Sii 02-2
December 2002

Conducted
Air Force Thailand Objective: To develop interoperability between the Royal Thai Navy and the RAAF by conducting surveillance training and developing operating procedures for combined operations.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was an excellent regional engagement tool, further developing interoperability with the Royal Thai Navy.
Comptuex 03-2
January - February 2003

Cancelled
Air Force United States, Canada Objective: To practise undersea warfare operations as part of a combined task force with United States and Canadian forces.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to aircraft asset unavailability and operational commitments.
Kernel Blitz 03
January - February 2003

Cancelled
Navy United States, Canada Objective: To enhance interoperability between the RAN, United States Navy and Canadian Navy by conducting an amphibious operation in a mined environment and integrating carrier, mine counter-measures and amphibious forces into an amphibious operation.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled and replaced by Exercise Transparent Hunter, scheduled for late 2003.
Tamex 03-1
January - March 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Air Force United States, New Zealand Objective: To enhance interoperability with New Zealand Defence or United States Navy forces by practising combined anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the unavailability of amphibious and operational commitments.
Tasmanex 03
February 2003

Conducted
Navy, Air Force France, New Zealand Objective: To develop relations between the Australian, New Zealand and French defence forces by conducting maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, maritime interception operations and naval control of shipping procedures.
Performance: Partially Achieved. Despite the lack of a submarine, the exercise provided a good opportunity for ships to exercise anti-submarine warfare and continuation training. The coastal mine hunters also gained high value training in the conduct of mine warfare.
Croix Du Sud 2003
February - May 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Army, Air Force France, New Zealand, Tonga Objective: To maintain relations and enhance interoperability between the Australian, New Zealand, French and Tongan defence forces by conducting a joint and combined exercise practising non-combatant evacuation operations in a non-permissive environment.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the late conduct of Croix Du Sud 02 in 2002. Croix Du Sud 04 is scheduled for early 2004.
Dawn Tiger 03(1)
March 2003

Cancelled
Army Malaysia Objective: To conduct counter-hijack training with the Malaysian Special Forces to enhance regional capability.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Tricrab 03
April 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Air Force United States, Singapore Objective: To coordinate and enhance interoperability between the RAN, United States Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy by practising airborne insertion methods and enhancing rapid deployment procedures, and conducting explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device disposal operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the unavailability of United States assets.
Wantok Warrior 03
April 2003

Cancelled
Army Papua New Guinea Objective: To develop interoperability between the Australian Army and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force by conducting a combined field activity focusing on military support operations, and a Defence Assistance to the Civil Community civil infrastructure task.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the withdrawal of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.
Haringaroo 03-1(1)
April 2003

Conducted
Army Malaysia Objective: To enhance interoperability between the Australian Army and the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces at the tactical level by practising skills and field craft in a tropical environment.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully, with beneficial training for non-infantry arms corps participants and enhanced interoperability with the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces at the tactical level.
Focused Logistics Wargame 03
April - July 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Army, Air Force Canada, United Kingdom, United States Objective: To facilitate Australian input into United States multinational logistics objectives identified in the United States Joint Vision 2010.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Singaroo 03
May 2003

Cancelled
Navy Singapore Objective: To improve the interoperability of Australian and Republic of Singapore maritime forces by practising combined maritime procedures and tactics in order to undertake effective maritime combined or coalition operations. Both mutual defence and maritime security interests and the RAN proficiency, standards, and safety in core mariner and naval warfare areas will be maintained.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic.
Western Pacific Naval Symposium MCMX 03
May - June 2003

Cancelled
Navy Malaysia, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines Objective: To conduct multilateral mine counter-measures operations by practising the clearing of mines in Singapore Straits with divers and mine counter-measures vessels.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic.
Bell Buoy 03
May - June 2003

Conducted
Navy Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States Objective: To improve allied interoperability in combined naval control and protection of shipping operating procedures by exercising and developing regional doctrine and procedures.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully and interoperability in combined naval control and protection of shipping operating procedures was enhanced.
Vigilant Shield 03
June 2003

Conducted
Navy, Army, Air Force United States, United Kingdom, Canada Objective: To practise intelligence operations in support of a combined or coalition deployed force with United States, United Kingdom and Canadian forces.
Performance: Achieved. The exercise was conducted successfully, validating the capability to conduct intelligence operations in a combined or coalition force.
Dawn Panther 03
June 2003

Conducted
Army Thailand Objective: To develop closer defence relationships with Thailand through ongoing counter-hijack training with the Thai Special Forces.
Performance: Achieved. Counter-hijack training with the Thai Special Forces was conducted successfully.
Tamex 03-2
June 2003

Cancelled
Navy, Air Force United States, New Zealand Objective: To enhance interoperability with New Zealand Defence or United States Navy forces by practising combined anti-submarine warfare and anti-submarine surveillance operations.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to operational commitments.
Flaming Arrow 03
June 2003

Cancelled
Army Singapore Objective: To further develop interoperability between Australian and Republic of Singapore defence forces by conducting a field training exercise that provides familiarisation training in capabilities, equipment and facilities not available in Australia and a working knowledge of Singaporean operational, logistic and administrative procedures.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the withdrawal of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces.
Haringaroo 03-2(1)
June 2003

Cancelled
Army Malaysia Objective: To enhance interoperability between the Australian Army and the Royal Malaysian Army at the tactical level by practising skills and field craft in a tropical environment.
Performance: Not Achieved. The exercise was cancelled due to the withdrawal of the Royal Malaysian Army.
Joint Maritime Course 03(1)
June - July 2003

Conducted
Air Force NATO (Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States) Objective: To train participants in maritime warfare roles, including air, maritime surface, subsurface, power projection and battlespace dominance and to enhance interoperability between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Performance: Achieved. Excellent maritime warfare training was achieved in the Joint Maritime Course.
Long Look 03(1)
June - September 2003
In Progress
Army United Kingdom Objective: To broaden the military experience and knowledge of selected personnel and to promote cooperation between Australia and the United Kingdom.
Performance: Currently in progress. The contingent was deployed in June 2003.
Notes
  1. This exercise was erroneously omitted from the Portfolio Budget Statements 2002-03.
  2. Exercise Star Leopard 02 was erroneously reported as Exercise Night Leopard 02 in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2002-03.
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