HMAS Canberra Arrives Home

HMAS Canberra sailed back into Sydney March 29 after completing the Australian Defence Force’s ship-based support to Tonga. Canberra left Tongan waters after a farewell ceremony on March 22 for ADF, Republic of Fiji Military Forces and French Armed Forces in New Caledonia personnel in Nuku’alofa, attended by Tongan Deputy Prime Minister Poasi Tei. ADF personnel deployed on Operation Tonga…

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HMAS Canberra Returns from Tonga

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Canberra, her crew and embarked forces have arrived in Townsville following their deployment on Operation Tonga Assist 2022. HMAS Canberra arrived in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa on March 1, to contribute to the Australian Government’s disaster relief and recovery mission following the devastating undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami. During its mission, HMAS Canberra…

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HMAS Canberra Arrives in Tonga

HMAS Canberra has arrived in Tonga to relieve HMAS Adelaide on Operation Tonga Assist 2022. Canberra was guided into Nuku’alofa by Guardian-class patrol boat VOEA Ngahau Siliva with Adelaide and Supply in company. The harbour entry marked a handover of command between sister ships Adelaide and Canberra as the local ADF Joint Task Group for Operation Tonga Assist 2022, supporting…

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FPDA Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) member-nations – Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom – will be commemorating the FPDA 50th anniversary this year, with a flypast and a naval vessel display put up by member-nations at the conclusion of Exercise Bersama Gold 2021. The FPDA 50th anniversary flypast and naval vessel display will be conducted over…

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Building Relationships at Sea and Virtually

Australia and Brunei have continued to develop their defense and whole-of-government relationship with a number of activities held at sea and virtually as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21). Commander IPE21 Commodore Mal Wise said while the entire engagement was contactless because of COVID-19 restrictions, it had been beneficial to both countries. “Australia’s defense relationship with Brunei has grown significantly…

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Workhorse of the Skies Marks 2000 Hours

HMAS Anzac’s embarked MH-60R Seahawk ‘Berserker’ has reached a milestone of 2000 flight hours while deployed in Southeast Asia. The helicopter and ship are in company with HMA Ships Canberra and Sirius as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21), Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity. The MH-60R Seahawk, from 816 SQN, has been attached to Anzac since August 2020, and recently…

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Warfighting Skills Tested in Patrol Boat Concentration Period

HMA Ships Childers, Launceston, Glenelg and Wollongong took the opportunity to practice the warfighting aspect of their roles in a recent exercise. Held in and around their home port of Darwin at the end of August, the exercise also built on their ability to operate in-company. The Armidale-class patrol boats conducted surface gunnery, close-quarters maneuvering, degraded navigation, formation pilotages and…

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Exercise Hones Maritime Warfighting Skills

Ships deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21) took part in the biennial maritime Malaysia-Australia Exercise (MASTEX) while transiting through Southeast Asia. Conducted between the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Australian Navy in early September, the exercise enhanced the interoperability and relationship between the navies across the full spectrum of maritime operations and warfighting competencies. The exercise included boat drills,…

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Exercise Strengthens Ties With Singapore

The longstanding bilateral defense partnership between Singapore and Australia was again on display during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21). The cooperative activity, held on September 1, continued a long history of exercising together, which has built trust, precision and technical skill. This year’s activity combined elements from Mine Warfare Team 16, Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), air and marine capabilities. A…

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