Australian, Philippine Navies Conduct Maritime Maneuvers in Celebes Sea
Warships from Royal Australian Navy and the Philippine Navy conducted maritime maneuvers and communication drills in the Celebes Sea.
The ship participated in the maneuvers included RAN Anzac-class frigates HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) and HMAS Stuart (FFH 153), and PN’s Jacinto-class corvette BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36). This marked the third time in as many months warships from Australia and the Philippines have exercised during a Regional Presence Deployment (RPD).
Arunta’s Commanding Officer Commander Troy Duggan said the exercises demonstrated the close relationship between the two navies.
“This exercise has shown what can be achieved between key partners even during a global pandemic,” Commander Duggan said.
Commander of the Joint Task Group Captain Phillipa Hay said it was important that Australia continued to demonstrate its commitment to the region.
“I am so pleased we were able to conduct a number of exercises with the Philippines. These were great opportunities to demonstrate our strong friendship during COVID-19,” Captain Hay said. “We remain committed to our partners and to the shared vision of a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”
HMAS Stuart and HMAS Arunta, along with Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) and fleet replenishment vessel HMAS Sirius (O 266), left Australia for deployment in July and are on their way home after the successful completion of Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii.
On its return journey, the task group is conducting a series of regional engagement activities with South-East Asian nations.
The Regional Presence Deployment demonstrates Australia’s commitment to sustaining strong and positive defence relationships with regional nations as well as the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.