Australian Relationship with South Korea Reinforced

Anzac-class frigate HMAS Parramatta and its ship’s company received a warm welcome to Busan, South Korea recently.

The port visit occurred during a regional presence deployment aimed at demonstrating Australia’s commitment and engagement with the region.

As Parramatta pulled into Busan Naval Base, a band contingent of the Republic of Korea Navy played.

Australian sailors and officers enjoyed a number of activities with their Korean counterparts, including ship tours, basketball matches, a seamanship competition, and the opportunity to meet with senior officials.

At sea, Parramatta sailed in company with Republic of Korea Navy ship Gyeongnam and conducted a cooperative activity.

Commanding Officer Parramatta Commander Dave Murphy said it was a key aspect of the deployment.

“Engaging with our regional friends and counterparts is an important part of building on our existing Navy-to-Navy relationships; it’s great to be back in the region as COVID restrictions ease,” Commander Murphy said.

“The Republic of Korea were excellent hosts and we were very well looked after by their Navy.

“It was also fantastic for the crew to step ashore and take part in sports activities and ship visits during what has been a high-tempo deployment.”

The regional presence deployments play a vital role in Australia’s long-term security and prosperity by protecting Australia’s interests, preserving a rules-based order, enhancing cooperation and relationships with regional partners and allies, and developing capability and interoperability.

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