A Joint Task Force consisting of up to four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a series of key engagement activities with Australia’s regional neighbours.
Running from March to May, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is geared towards enhancing interoperability with Australia’s key regional partners, including Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.
In the third iteration of the activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is a key part of Australia’s ongoing efforts to re-affirm positive relationships with other militaries through joint practical activities. HMAS Canberra, a Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Dock, is the flagship of the joint taskforce, able to project embarked personnel, vehicles and aircraft ashore, while providing an effective hub for control of a variety of military tasks.
Canberra has been joined in the Joint Task Force by HMA Ships Success, Newcastle and Parramatta, and embarked MH-60R maritime combat helicopters and MRH-90 maritime support helicopters.
A Royal Australian Air Force P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft joined the Joint Task Force during several key regional visits. Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 also involves personnel from the Australian Army’s 2RAR and 3RAR, the Australian Army Band, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence Civilians.
Australian Department of Defence