Asia Beckons for Naval Task Group

September 26, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy has begun its largest deployment of the year with more than a thousand sailors and officers bound for engagements across North and South East Asia. Departing today from Sydney, the lead element of a nine ship Task Group will participate in bilateral and multi-national activities over the next four months. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the deployment is focused on strengthening Australia’s regional defence engagement through practical cooperation activities with key partners. “From high end warfare exercises,…

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USN, RAN, JMSDF & ROK Navy Launch Inaugural Exercise Pacific Vanguard

May 22, 2019 – In a first of its kind event, maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 3,000 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise takes place on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values…

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Third Edition of Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Royal Australian and Indian Navies – AUSINDEX-19 set to begin

April 2, 2019 – The third edition of AUSINDEX, an acronym for Australia India Exercise is scheduled to commence with the arrival of HMAS Canberra (L02), a Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Newcastle(06) and HMAS Paramatta(154), both frigates; HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine and HMAS Success(OR 304), a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler at Visakhapatnam on 02 April 19. The aim of the exercise is, “To strengthen and enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between the IN and RAN, providing opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of the…

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IPE19 Prepares for EOD Training Activities with Regional Partners

March 26, 2019 – As the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR Task Force approached Sri Lanka, Australian Navy and Army teams prepared for diving, demolition and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) training with regional partners. Platoon commander of the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) embarked in Canberra for IPE19, Army Lieutenant Benjamin Selby, said the activity would encompass a wide range of joint training activities in preparation for military training serials with regional partners. “Working with our enabling partners drawn from across the ADF allows the IPE Task Force to deliver a world-class…

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HMAS Parramatta refuels at historic Gore Bay

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta has taken part in a refuelling trial at the historic Gore Bay facility in Sydney Harbour. The event marked the first time since 1901 that a warship, other than Navy tankers HMA Ships Westralia in 1993 and Sirius in 2017, had been refuelled at the site – one of Australia’s oldest fuel import and storage facilities. Director Fuel Operations, Captain John Metzl said the operation took months of careful planning and collaboration with partner commercial fuelling company Viva Energy Australia. “Today was a great…

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Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Royal Australian Navy frigates Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju. The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security. “Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said. “As…

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Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY

Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will participate in Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY, a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise, from 1–3 November 2017. The biennial exercise demonstrates a shared commitment by Australia and the ROK to regional security and security of the Korean peninsula. Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 maritime patrol aircraft will participate in the exercise with six ROK ships, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft from the ROK Navy. Commander of the Joint Task Group Captain…

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Parramatta embraces culture and sport in Kota Kinabalu

HMAS Parramatta recently conducted a maintenance period alongside the Malaysian port of Sepanggar in Kota Kinabalu, as part of her Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment. The visit was a chance for the crew to conduct maintenance on systems and equipment whilst engaging in some cultural and sporting activities with their Royal Malaysian Navy counterparts. Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Howard, also made an official call on the Commander of the Eastern Fleet, Vice Admiral Dato Pahlawan Syed Zahiruddin Putra. Parramatta’s sporting teams participated in both volleyball and soccer in the hot and humid…

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Regional military cooperation strengthened

A group of warships departed Sydney on 4 September to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region – grouped as Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. Running from 4 September to 26 November, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will focus on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. More than 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel will participate, which is being led by Canberra class amphibious ship…

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HMAS Parramatta tops up tanks

  March 11, 2017 – When you’re on the run from enemy submarines, defending against hostile aircraft, and fighting to maintain sea control, it’s always good to know that food, fuel and essential supplies are not far away. The worry is reduced even further when they’re delivered by close friends and neighbors with a reassuring smile. That was the case for Australian frigate HMAS Parramatta recently when she rendezvoused with Royal New Zealand Navy replenishment ship HMNZS Endeavour in the southern Indian Ocean. The two ships have been participating in the complex and multinational maritime warfare exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the Western Australian…

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Anzac straight into work up

January 25, 2017 – A Boatswains Mate mans the Browning 12.7mm machine gun on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Anzac during a Force Protection departure from Fleet Base. HMAS Anzac departed Fleet Base East in Sydney for the first time in 2017 in style – in formation with HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta. Anzac was heading for the East Australian Exercise Area, the Australian Defence Force training zone off the New South Wales coast. Anzac’s first week at sea included a ‘shakedown’ period, designed to refresh the knowledge and…

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