June 14, 2019 – As Exercise LA PEROUSE drew to a close in the Indian Ocean, the Commander Task Force for the exercise, Rear Admiral Olivier Lebas of the French Navy, visited the two Australian units that participated in the exercise – the Anzac class Frigate HMAS Toowoomba and the submarine HMAS Collins.
Centered on the French led Charles de Gaulle Carrier Task Group, the exercise included vessels and aircraft from France, Japan and the United States, as well as the two Australian units.
Rear Admiral Lebas paid tribute to the performance of the Australian units in the exercise and thanked them for their involvement.
The multi-national maritime exercise included Air Defence drills, anti-submarine warfare training, navigation and replenishment at sea.
Toowoomba’s Commanding Officer, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, was grateful for the opportunity to have the Task Force Commander visit and get a personal tour of the ship and the chance to interact with ship’s company.
“Exercise LA PEROUSE has been an outstanding training environment for all the units involved,” Commander Livingstone said.
“We are very happy to have Rear Admiral Lebas visit us and provide an opportunity to show him firsthand how we operate.”
Following Exercise LA PEROUSE, Toowoomba and Collins will continue on with their East Asian deployments.