April 13, 2024
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Submarine Attack Coordinator Course (SMACC) is an Australian-led combined exercise featuring units from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Air Force, and the US Navy. Led by Lieutenant Andrew Kittel from the US Navy VP-16 Detachment and Squadron Leader Joshua Brown from the Australian Air Force No. 92 Wing Detachment, SMACC aims to train and assess prospective Collins Class Submarine executive officers in a joint and combined force anti-submarine warfare setting.

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The exercise involves a live Australian Collins Class submarine, three surface combatants, three maritime combat helicopters, remote-piloted aircraft, and support from the Australian Air Force and United States Navy P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Together, they create an environment for training and evaluating the skills of the officers in this critical area.

SMACC demonstrates the collaborative efforts between Australia and the United States in enhancing submarine warfare capabilities. This exercise enables participants to develop their expertise and ensure preparedness for real-world situations.

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