Two Royal Australian Navy ships – HMA Ships Anzac (III) and Sirius – are currently conducting a two-month deployment throughout the north-east Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
CAPTION: HMAS Sirius sails past Philippine Navy ship BRP Emilio Jacinto during a passage exercise in the Sulu Sea. Photo by Leading Seaman Thomas Sawtell.
Led by HMAS Anzac, the task group will conduct a number of bilateral and multilateral activities including participating in Exercise La Perouse, a French-led multilateral maritime exercise in the north-east Indian Ocean.
Acting Minister for Defence Marise Payne said the deployment was part of the Australian Defence Force’s robust and longstanding program of international engagements.
“We are strongly committed to our vital work with regional partners to address shared challenges, including our region’s maritime security,” Minister Payne said.
“Regular cooperation with our partners and neighbours is critical for maintaining a peaceful, inclusive, sovereign and resilient Indo-Pacific region, where the rights of all states are respected.”
Commander of the task group Commander Brendan Horn said the deployment was an exciting opportunity for both ships’ companies to exercise at sea and to operate with our neighbours and international partners.
“I am extremely proud of our ability to safely deploy and maintain operational readiness, while working within COVID-19-safe conditions,” Commander Horn said.