Final top up for Success

May 18, 2019 – In the approach lanes of one of the busiest sea traffic waterways in the world, the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 Joint Task Force has fuelled up for the final leg of the major Australian Defence Force activity. HMA Ships Canberra, Newcastle and Success have visited Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam as part of efforts to promote security and stability in the region. They will also visit ports in Singapore and Indonesia. Following a transit through the Malacca and Singapore Straits, the ships took on their…

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Newcastle navigates world’s busiest waters

May 14, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle, in company with the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 flagship HMAS Canberra (III), has made her final transit through the busiest and most complex waters in the world: the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The navigation officer in Newcastle, Lieutenant Mitchell Smith, was responsible for getting the ship – which will be decommissioned later this year – safely through the region. “As the main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are some of the most strategic…

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Making more of the maritime

The Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force have been working ever closer together with a combined anti-submarine exercise undertaken as the Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group sails through regional waters. HMA Ships Darwin and Adelaide were recently joined in by the Air Force’s newest capability, the P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The Poseidon provides up-to-date anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol features, and the leading-edge aircraft flew ahead of the force and dropped a remotely operated vehicle known as an Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target (or EMATT) into the…

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Malaysian students visit HMAS Adelaide

More than 300 school students were treated to ship tours during HMAS Adelaide’s recent visit to Port Klang, Malaysia. Taking a break before their final school exams, students from the Tuanku Ja’afar Technical Institute were full of enthusiasm after their two hour road trip to visit the ship. Visit host Petty Officer Aircrewman Dean Kinna said it was great fun to show students around the ship. “They are really interested to know more about the Navy and Australia,” he said. The students were shown around Adelaide’s heavy and light vehicle…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour in Malaysia

Australian and Malaysia marked 25 years of Defence cooperation last week with a port visit and amphibious exercise as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17. On her maiden South East Asia deployment, HMAS Adelaide and the guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin received a warm reception from the Royal Malaysian Navy in Port Klang, Malaysia, while HMAS Toowoomba was welcomed to Lumut to support MASTEX 17. Adelaide’s arrival drew significant interest with around 900 visitors taking the opportunity for a closer look at one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest ships during the…

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Reflections on Timor Leste

HMA Ships Toowoomba and Adelaide recently joined HMAS Darwin off the Timor Leste capital of Dili on the 18th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Task Force arrival for Operation INTERFET in 1999. All three ships are currently deployed as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group focused on security cooperation and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises. Throughout the day Toowoomba conducted routine harbour patrols in support of Adelaide while she unloaded medical stores for a Timor Leste Defence Force-hosted exercise. Four highly experienced crew…

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As HMAS Darwin participates in Indo-Pacific Endeavour, she carries with her a group of the Navy’s future leaders. Eleven warfare officers under training have embarked on a journey that will take them through the full range of experiences they are likely to encounter on a warship at sea. Darwin is designated as the Fleet training ship so, prior to her departure, all of Darwin’s spare bunks were quickly filled with trainees eager for some on-the-job experience. The junior officers are on their way to being warfare specialists, and some may…

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Building relations in the Indo-Pacific

HMAS Parramatta has conducted the first of many of her international engagements in support of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, an Australian Defence Force deployment to the region. During the deployment, elements of the Joint Task Group will participate in bilateral and multilateral engagements across the region, to promote security and stability and Australia’s commitment to making effective contributions to humanitarian operations. Parramatta was in the Federated States of Micronesia and Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Howard hosted a luncheon for a number of officials and local dignitaries, including the Lieutenant Governor of the…

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