HMAS Anzac and HMAS Sirius have completed two separate passage exercises with vessels from the Philippine Navy as part of a two-month deployment throughout the north-east Indian Ocean and South-East Asia. Australia’s bilateral relationship with the Philippines is one of the nation’s longest-standing relationships. This year the two countries celebrate 75 years of diplomatic ties. The first passage exercise was recently conducted at dawn with the BRP Juan Magluyan, a Jose Andrada-class patrol boat. The second passage exercise was completed later that day with BRP Emelio Jacinto, the lead ship of the Philippine Navy’s Jacinto-class corvettes.
Commanding Officer Anzac Commander Brendan Horn said the latest bilateral activity with the Philippines was part of both nations’ commitment to regional maritime security. “The Philippines and Australia have a long-held Defence partnership and it was an honour to be welcomed by and exercise with the Philippine Navy,” Commander Horn said. We were able to demonstrate our interoperability through communication, navigation and various ship handling routines. We will continue to look for opportunities to work closely together in support of our shared commitment to an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.”
Led by Anzac, the Royal Australian Navy task group will conduct a number of further bilateral and multilateral activities, including participating in Exercise La Perouse, a French-led multilateral maritime exercise in the north-east Indian Ocean. Anzac and Sirius departed Western Australia for the two-month deployment throughout the north-east Indian Ocean and South-East Asia in early March. HMAS Anzac (FFH 150) is the lead ship of the Anzac-class frigates in use with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). HMAS Sirius is a commercial tanker purchased by the Royal Australian Navy and converted into a fleet replenishment vessel to replace HMAS Westralia.