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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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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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 21 Launches from Darwin

August 27, 2021 – HMA Ships Canberra and Anzac set sail from Darwin last night, marking the start of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 21 (IPE21), Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity. Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton said the deployment reinforces Australia’s strong and enduring partnerships in Southeast Asia. “The 2020 Defence Strategic Update underlines Australia’s commitment to security cooperation and…

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