Montgomery Operates with Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea

November 15, 2019 – USS Montgomery (LCS 8), HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) and HMAS Sirius (AO 266) conducted operations together in the South China Sea, Nov. 6-12.

While transiting together at sea, Montgomery, Stuart and Sirius conducted communication drills, division tactics, bilateral flight operations, and personnel exchange, all designed to address common maritime security priorities, enhance interoperability, and develop relationships that will benefit both navies for many years to come.

Also accomplished were two replenishments at sea (RAS) with Sirius, marking the first time an LCS has received fuel from an allied navy vessel while underway.

Notice the Mk44 30mm chain gun fitted to USS Montgomery.

“Montgomery was able to safely and professionally operate with two Royal Australian Navy ships when we met in the open ocean, demonstrating that our navies are very similar tactically, technically and operationally,” said Cmdr. Matthew Richter, commanding officer of Montgomery Gold Crew. “The opportunity to train together and improve our maritime interoperability skills is great. Also, this is the first time that many of the crewmembers have sailed with our Australian allies, which makes this exercise very special for many.”

Stuart and Sirius are currently underway in the Indo-Pacific in support of regional security and stability.

“The best way to ensure stability and security in the region is to cooperate with our key Defence partners, and we welcome this opportunity to continue to train and exercise with the U.S. Navy in this region, as we have done for decades,” said Cmdr. Luke Ryan, commanding officer, HMAS Stuart. “Sharing technology, procedures, and capability with the U.S. Navy in advanced maritime maneuvers such as this helps to maintain enhanced interoperability and effectiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.”