Australian soldiers and Malaysian Armed Forces personnel step aboard an LHD landing craft from HMAS Adelaide before touring the mother ship in Port Klang, Malaysia, for Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.
The ship visit, which also embarked Malaysian Armed Forces vehicles, was designed to instil confidence in both sides that the two countries could work together in the event of a natural disaster humanitarian relief callout.
HMAS Adelaide is part of the Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, which departed Sydney in September to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
Running from September to 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 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 decades.
Indo-Pacific Endeavour will also involve service personnel from the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force and include Defence civilians, Army and Navy helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft.