HMAS Tobruk disembarks recovery force
28 November 2013
After a hectic day of reconnaissance, craning and refuelling activities, HMAS Tobruk was able to disembark her Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST Recovery Support Force before nightfall on her first day in Ormoc on 26 November.
Both Navy and Army personnel worked solidly in stiflingly humid conditions to get the task completed.
Commander Leif Maxfield, Commanding Officer HMAS Tobruk, said the initial operation had been extremely successful.
“A comprehensive survey by the Hydrographic team, supported by the embarked clearance divers, identified a suitable landing beach,” he said.
“Once confirmed as such by the Amphibious Beach Team the offload commenced.”
Commander Maxfield said the teamwork across the embarked elements and the Recovery Support Force had been exceptional, with the full offload of the Recovery Support Force vehicle and heavy plant equipment being achieved in less than 12 hours.
“The determination of personnel to get cracking with the recovery effort showed the high levels of dedication and professionalism of our sailors and soldiers.
“HMAS Tobruk is in her element, doing what she does best, putting ADF personnel across the right beach, at the right time, with the equipment they need to achieve the task.”