RAN vessels gear up for Indo-Pacific deployments
By: Defence Connect
Five ships are set to depart for regional presence deployments across the Indo-Pacific.
HMA ships Canberra, Waramunga, Supply, Sydney, and Perth are due to set sail for deployments in the Indo-Pacific over the next three weeks.
Lead LHD ship HMAS Canberra, Anzac Class frigate HMAS Waramunga, and auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel HMAS Supply are expected to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 (RIMPAC 22), in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
Exercise RIMPAC 22 is scheduled to take place from 29 June to 4 August, involving approximately 25,000 personnel from 26 nations.
Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon aircraft, mine warfare and clearance diving capabilities, and a joint landing force are also expected to take part.
Meanwhile Hobart Class destroyer HMAS Sydney and Anzac Class frigate HMAS Perth – also supported by HMAS Supply – will be tasked with working alongside regional partners during Exercises Pacific Vanguard and Pacific Dragon.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond noted the importance of deploying ADF assets in the region to bolster interoperability with partners and preserve stability.
“Working with our regional partners is critical for remaining an agile and ready force,” RADM Hammond said.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with like-minded partners to test our interoperability and responsiveness.”
These latest deployments come amid HMAS Parramatta’s two-month engagement in the region.
HMAS Parramatta is conducting Navy-to-Navy activities alongside key international partners.
This followed HMAS Arunta’s deployment in the Indo-Pacific earlier this year.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) also recently confirmed its participation in Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 – scheduled to take place from 13 June to 28 October.
The exercise is designed to preserve a “free and open Indo-Pacific” while strengthening interoperability between regional partners.
This is expected to involve joint cooperation across a range of military exercises.
The JMSDF’s contribution includes:
- Izumo Class Light aircraft carrier JS Izumo;
- Takanami Class destroyer JS Takanami;
- Murasame Class destroyer JS Kirisame;
- Sōryū Class submarine;
- Kawasaki P-1 patrol aircraft;
- UP-3D Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft; and
- Shinmaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft.
Japan’s contingent is expected to total just under 1,000 personnel.