Royal Australian Navy resumes regional presence deployments

The Australian Defence Force deployed a Royal Australian Navy warship this week to conduct the first regional presence deployment for 2024.

CAPTION: Crew members on HMAS Warramunga wave goodbye to loved ones as they depart Fleet Base East, Sydney, to conduct an Indo-Pacific Presence Deployment. Photo by Able Seaman Zac Dingle.

Anzac-class frigate HMAS Warramunga departed its homeport of Sydney on 23 January for a three-month deployment through South and Southeast Asia.

The ship’s embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and the 200-strong ship’s company will participate in a range of exercises, cooperative activities and joint patrols with partner navies.

HMAS Warramunga will also undertake various navy-to-navy engagements during exercises and port visits.

Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Chris Smith said the resumption of regional presence deployments in 2024 continued a long history of successful deployments in support of Indo-Pacific security and relationship building.

“Indo-Pacific deployments demonstrate the Australian Defence Force’s ability to maintain a near-continuous presence in the region to support regional security and stability,” Rear Admiral Smith said.

“Australia has maintained a robust program of international engagement with regional nations for decades and these routine deployments demonstrate our resolve for a peaceful, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”

This regional presence deployment will conclude in late April.







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  • 04/02/2024 at 1:31 pm

    But we couldn’t find a ship to go to the Red Sea!


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