An Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group – Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 – has departed Sydney to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
CAPTION: HMA Ships Adelaide, Toowoomba and Darwin in formation off the coast of Sydney, heading north on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. Photo by Able Seaman Steven Thomson.
Running from 4 September to 26 November, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will focus on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Indonesia, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Cambodia and the Federated States of Micronesia.
The deployment, in planning for more than 12 months, is part of ongoing efforts to enhance and develop strong positive relations with regional militaries through both dialogue and practical activities.
The Joint Task Group will demonstrate the ADF’s ability to operate across the full spectrum of military operations, from high-end military capabilities such as anti-submarine warfare to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
HMAS Adelaide will be accompanied at various stages of the deployment by HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Darwin, HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Parramatta, and HMAS Sirius, making it the biggest coordinated task-group deployment in many decades.
Indo-Pacific Endeavour will also involve personnel from the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force as well as Defence civilians, and will also include ADF helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.