Australian, Philippine Navies Conduct Maritime Maneuvers in Celebes Sea

 In ASEAN, Australia, Forces & Capabilities, FVEY, N11

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.

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