HMAS Sydney on four-month Pacific deployment

HMAS Sydney has departed for its regional presence deployment – the Australian Defence Force’s continued commitment to regional security.

CAPTION: HMAS Sydney sails out of Sydney Harbour to conduct a regional presence deployment. Photo by Leading Seaman Daniel Goodman.

The Hobart-class guided-missile destroyer with its embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and crew of approximately 200 personnel was farewelled by loved ones at Fleet Base East 10 days ago [but only announced today].

During the four-month deployment, HMAS Sydney will participate in the world’s largest international maritime exercise, Exercise RIMPAC, as well as Exercise Pacific Dragon and Operation Argos – the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to international efforts to enforce United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea.

HMAS Sydney will also conduct activities with regional partners aimed at improving cooperation, interoperability and interchangeability.

RIMPAC 24 will combine some 40 surface ships, four submarines, 14 national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel from 30 nations, offering a unique training opportunity while fostering relationships crucial for regional security.

Commander Joint Force Maritime Component Commodore Jonathan Ley said regional presence deployments demonstrated Australia’s commitment to engaging closely with allies and partners as part of maintaining a near-continuous presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

“I wish the commanding officer of HMAS Sydney, Commander Grant Coleman, and his crew all the very best as they go forward representing Australia on this important deployment,” Commodore Ley said.

Commander Coleman said the crew were looking forward to the privilege of representing Australia at Exercise RIMPAC and throughout the rest of their deployment.

“Representing Australia at the world’s biggest international maritime exercise and in the many other activities ahead of us is a huge privilege,” Commander Coleman said.

“The importance of this deployment and the responsibility we shoulder as we take the baton of duty from HMAS Hobart is not lost on myself or HMAS Sydney’s crew.”

HMAS Sydney will return to Fleet Base East, Sydney, in October.

 

 

 


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