Shared Vision for Indo-Pacific

September 25, 2020 – Australian and Indian warships have conducted a two-day passage exercise in the north-east Indian Ocean. The guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart sailed alongside ships INS Sahyadri and Karmuk, from the Indian Navy.  Together they practiced maritime maneuvers, communication and aviation drills and maritime warfare serials. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart Commander Ryan Gaskin said the Australian officers and sailors…

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Australia and Philippines show spirit of mateship

September 22, 2020 – Warships from Australia and the Philippines have exercised for the third time in as many months during a Regional Presence Deployment. HMA Ships Arunta and Stuart and BRP Apolinario Mabini conducted maritime maneuvers and communication drills in the Celebes Sea. Arunta’s Commanding Officer Commander Troy Duggan said the exercises demonstrated the close relationship between the two…

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Strengthening partnerships in the Pacific

September 14, 2020 – HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta sailed in company with ships from Japan, South Korea and the United States in the Pacific Ocean this week. Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta Commander Troy Duggan said he welcomed this opportunity to continue close and effective cooperation with key partners in the region. “RAN remains committed to strengthening longstanding security partnerships…

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Royal Australian Navy joins regional partners for Exercise Pacific Vanguard

September 12, 2020 – The Royal Australian Navy has joined an eight-ship fleet with more than 1,500 personnel aboard from Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States for Exercise Pacific Vanguard, in waters off Guam. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the exercise brings together four key likeminded regional partners, working in support of…

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U.S. Navy joins Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea for Multinational Group Sail

September 9, 2020 – USS Barry (DDG 52) is scheduled to join the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) during a multinational group sail from waters near Hawaii to Guam beginning Sept. 9, to conduct integrated, multi-domain operations. U.S. Naval forces routinely participate in multinational group sails in order to operate…

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Arunta First Upgraded Frigate to Fire Missiles at RIMPAC

August 26, 2020 – The first frigate to complete the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade, HMAS Arunta, has successfully fired surface-to-air missiles at Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in Hawaii. Conducted alongside ships from Canada and the United States, Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta Commander Troy Duggan said the firing demonstrated the lethality of the upgraded Anzac Class…

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Seven ships sail as Fleet gets back to training

June 17, 2020 – Seven warships sailed in the past week from Navy’s Fleet Base East and Fleet Base West to undertake a range of training activities to test newly upgraded systems and exercise as part of a Maritime Task Group. HMA Ships Canberra, Hobart and Stuart departed Fleet Base East in Sydney, while HMA Ships Anzac, Arunta, Ballarat and…

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Frigate upgrade program rolls on

June 9, 2020 – HMAS Anzac has joined HMAS Arunta as the second Anzac Class Frigate to undergo the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade. Anzac recently sailed to her homeport of Fleet Base West, Garden Island, Western Australia, where she was joined by her sister ship Arunta who completed the program, known as AMCAP, in 2019. Frigate Group Capability…

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HMAS Arunta tests missile system after upgrade

March 12, 2020 – Following a 20-month upgrade, Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Arunta has fired its first Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) off the coast of Western Australia. The ESSM is a surface-to-air weapon that uses radar homing guidance to counter fast-moving anti-ship missiles, forming part of Arunta’s air defense capability. The Anzac Class Frigate is the first of…

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