HMAS Ballarat has come to the end of a three-month deployment to Southeast and Northeast Asia where it conducted a number of navy-to-navy engagements with partner nations across the region, including the United States.
Following a request from the Indonesian Government, HMAS Ballarat also assisted in the search for the missing Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402.
The Anzac Class Frigate also successfully completed Operation Argos supporting the enforcement of United Nations Security Council sanctions on goods moving into North Korea.
Over a two-week period, HMAS Ballarat’s MH60R helicopter was flying up to two sorties to gather information on vessels of interest suspected of being involved in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned goods.
The Indo-Pacific is at the centre of global commerce, so it’s important that the Royal Australian Navy working with partner nations maintain a presence to promote a secure and stable region.
Australian Department of Defence
June 27, 2021