Crew members from HMAS Adelaide visited the Amazing Grace Refuge Home in Subic Bay, Philippines, last Saturday to play basketball with the children and tour their orphanage facilities.
CAPTION: Crew from HMAS Adelaide pose with children and staff from the Amazing Grace Refuge Home, in Dinalupihan, Philippines during a visit to HMAS Adelaide while alongside in Subic Bay. Photo by Leading Seaman Peter Thompson.
Some children were then taken on a tour of the ship to see the crew’s facilities and enjoyed lunch onboard.
HMAS Adelaide is in the Philippines as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group that departed Sydney early last month 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, 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 and include Defence civilians, ADF helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft.