A Royal Australian Navy task group composed of landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra, frigate HMAS Newcastle, and tanker HMAS Sirius, departed Sydney Harbour in mid-February to start a series of exercises with regional allies.
The task group will spend the next several weeks participating in exercise Ocean Explorer, a major training activity off the coast of Western Australia involving forces from the United Kingdom and New Zealand and RAAF aircraft.
The three ships will then depart Australia for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, visiting India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam for a series of engagement activities and military training exercises.
Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead said the deployment of the task group was part of an increasing rhythm of activity around Australia.
Rear Admiral Mead said the high level of activity achieved across the fleet will be sustained throughout the rest of the year as ships prepare for other instalments of the Sea Series of exercises and Talisman Sabre, as well as ceremonial occasions, including the decommissioning of HMA Ships Melbourne, Newcastle, and Success.