09/15/2017: A fleet of six Royal Australian Navy ships got underway from Sydney on September 4 for a series of drills in the Indo-Pacific region.
Running through November 26, the deployment is being referred to as the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 and will see the ships work together with a number of regional navies.
More than 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel, led by Canberra class amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide, will train with Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.
Adelaide will be accompanied at various stages of the deployment by frigates HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Darwin, HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Parramatta, and replenishment ship HMAS Sirius, making it the biggest coordinated Australian task group deployment since the early 1980s.
“This deployment is another opportunity to promote security cooperation in the region and exercise our humanitarian and disaster relief capability where it may be used,” Australian minister for defense Marise Payne said.
Minister Payne said activities like Indo-Pacific Endeavour generated personal relationships, shared experiences and common understanding with our regional partners that could be crucial to success in times of uncertainty or crisis.
Indo-Pacific Endeavour will also involve service personnel from the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force and include Defence civilians, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft.
“The Joint Task Group will demonstrate the Australian Defence Force’s ability to operate across the full spectrum of military operations, from high-end military capabilities such as anti-submarine warfare to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” minister Payne said.
International engagement milestone for Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour
8 September 2017
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of its deployment.
HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class amphibious assault ships, reached the milestone today after conducting aviation training with the USS Bonhomme Richard off the east coast of Australia.
The training involved both the SH60S Seahawk helicopter and a US Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, with a focus on flight deck familiarisation for the USMC aircrew and currency training for Adelaide’s aviation support sailors.
Commander Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, Captain Jonathan Earley of the Royal Australian Navy, said successful activities like this highlight the continued enhancement of interoperability between the two militaries.
“It is important that we take opportunities like these to work with our US partners to enhance our understanding and processes for operating with this unique capability,” Captain Earley said.
“The training both for the aircrew and our flight deck teams went really well and our crew was able to get some hands on exposure on the processes associated with landing US assets.
“Today’s activities have further developed the skills in Adelaide’s crew, and broadened the capability our LHDs provide.”
Running from 4 September to 26 November 2017, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will at various stages involve more than 1200 ADF personnel, six Navy ships, and a number of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
It will demonstrate the ADF’s ability to operate across the full spectrum of military operations and is focused 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.
Indo-Pacific Endeavour fosters further regional cooperation between Australia and Singapore
12 September 2017
HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Canberra-class amphibious ship, has completed amphibious landing craft and aviation training with the Republic of Singapore’s amphibious ship, RSS Resolution while deployed off the east coast of Australia.
As a part of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 (IPE 17), HMASAdelaide and the Republic of Singapore’s Endurance Class RSS Resolution, tested their capabilities in an exercise that evaluated the ability of the two nations to operate together should they be tasked to respond to a regional natural or humanitarian disaster.
Over several hours, the ships operated Australian MRH-90 Taipan helicopters and Singaporean landing craft.
Training included cross-deck helicopter operations to Resolution as well as amphibious activities designed to test the ability of Singaporean Landing Craft to operate in Adelaide’s well dock.
All trials proved successful, highlighting the strong defence relationship and interoperability shared between Australia and Singapore.
Commander Joint Task Group 661.1, Captain Jonathan Earley RAN, said close cooperation with our regional partners is the cornerstone of any Australian response to a natural disaster.
“Activities such as these with our Singaporean friends, not only deepens mutual understanding of our respective capabilities in supporting humanitarian events, but also reinforces to the region Australia is ready to help should a disaster occur,” Captain Earley said.
Training with the Singapore ship represents the second international engagement of the IPE 17 deployment. It follows aviation training with the United States Navy.
RSS Resolution is in Australian waters as part of the Singaporean unilateral training exercise, Exercise Wallaby.
HMAS Adelaide is leading a task group of several RAN warships including HMA Ships Darwin, Melbourne, Toowoomba, Parramatta, and Sirius, for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, an ADF deployment focused on demonstrating the ADF’s Humanitarian and Disaster Relief regional response capability as well as further supporting security and stability in Australia’s near region through bilateral and multilateral engagement, training and capacity building.