The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) successfully completed the PH-Aus Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) on November 27, 2023.

The three-day activity, which featured exercises in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone from 25-27 November 2023, was participated by Philippine Navy vessels BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Davao Del Sur; Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba; Philippine Air Force’s A29B Super Tucano and N-22 Nomad, Philippine Navy’s BNI2A aircraft; and Royal Australian Air Force P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft.

The MCA between the Philippines and Australia demonstrated both countries’ shared commitment to improve maritime interoperability, foster camaraderie among the participants and to exercise freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law for a peaceful and secure Indo-Pacific.