Australian Navy conducts naval exercise with Philippine Navy
The Royal Australian Navy ships Anzac and Sirius have conducted two separate passage exercises with Philippine Navy vessels as part of a two-month deployment through the north-east Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
The BRP Juan Magluyan, a Jose Andrada-class patrol boat, performed the first passage exercise at dawn recently.
The second passage exercise was completed later that day with the Philippine Navy's Jacinto-class corvette BRP Emilio Jacinto as the lead ship.
The two countries are marking 75 years of diplomatic relations this year. Anzac Commander Brendan Horn, the Philippines' commanding officer, said the new bilateral operation was part of both countries' commitment to regional maritime stability.
The Royal Australian Navy task force, headed by Anzac, will participate in a number of additional bilateral and multilateral operations, including Exercise La Perouse, a French-led multilateral maritime exercise in the north-east Indian Ocean.
In early March, Anzac and Sirius left Western Australia for a two-month deployment in the north-east Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
Maritime Business World