Australia is deploying a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Japan to conduct maritime surveillance in support of the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea.
FILE PHOTO: A RAAF P-8A Poseidon flies over the then NUSHIP now HMAS Hobart in at sea. Photo by Corporal Craig Barrett.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said this deployment was a demonstration of Australia’s commitment to regional security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
“Australian Defence Force personnel will work alongside their partners to monitor and deter ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned goods,” Senator Reynolds said.
“Along with our international partners, Australia continues to maintain pressure on North Korea until it takes concrete, verifiable and irreversible steps towards denuclearisation.
“Since 2018, Australia has contributed to international efforts to deter and disrupt illicit trade and sanction-evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks.
“The deployment of the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft is the fifth to occur since April 2018.”
Australia’s newest and best warship HMAS Hobart is expected to participate in the operation later this year, following HMAS Melbourne’s contribution in October 2018 and April 2019.