Warm Reception for Flagship’s Return

August 5, 2019 – Hundreds of family and friends welcomed HMAS Canberra home last week, following her six month overseas deployment through Asia. The ship’s 388-strong tri-service company lined the upper decks as she pulled alongside Garden Island before stepping ashore to greet their loved ones for the first time since leaving Australia in February. The 230 meter long Landing Helicopter Dock sailed almost 22,000 nautical miles during the deployment, visiting Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia as part of the international engagement exercise INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.…

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Kiwi Sailors Return from HMAS Canberra Deployment

June 9, 2019 – A small contingent of Royal New Zealand Navy officers and sailors returned home after spending almost three months deployed in HMAS Canberra as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. Lieutenant Matthew Gajzago, the senior RNZN officer deployed in HMAS Canberra, said it was an amazing opportunity to further build on the already strong ties between Australia and New Zealand. “It’s always really great integrating, networking and forming new friendships with Aussies,” Lieutenant Gajzago said. “This trip has given us a great opportunity to gain more experience in…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour Joint Task Force returns to Australia

May 26, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has returned to Australia following a three-month regional engagement mission to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra will anchor off Darwin tomorrow, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint Operations, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, said this third iteration of IPE was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). “With four ships and various…

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Task Force Arrives in Indonesia for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

May 20, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has begun its engagement program in Indonesia during the final port visits before returning to Australia later this month. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle arrived in Jakarta on 18 May, with HMAS Success visiting Makassar in South Sulawesi on the same day. Commander IPE 19 Joint Task Force, Air Commodore Rick Owen says the visits are a valuable opportunity to enhance one of Australia’s most important regional defens partnerships. “We have a shared maritime border and a…

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