HMAS Choules Embarks on Engagement with the Pacific

February 20, 2019 – HMAS Choules has deployed on a month-long activity for maritime and land training with Australian regional partners in the Southwest Pacific. HMAS Choules, an amphibious landing ship, departed Townsville on 19 February bound for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, where Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will undertake an extensive program of bilateral training with regional militaries and other government agencies. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the activity was an early contribution to the Australian Government’s Pacific ‘Step Up’ announced by…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 departs for South Pacific deployment

A Joint Task Group of Royal Australian Navy ships and embarked soldiers and marines has set sail from Townsville, bound for a major maritime activity to build regional security and stability in the South Pacific. HMAS Adelaide embarked vehicles, equipment and soldiers from Townsville’s 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment on Friday, for participation in Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE18). Equipment loaded into HMAS Adelaide included five Unimog trucks that will be gifted to Tonga by The Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, when the Task Group arrives in Nuku’alofa in mid-June. Representing…

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