Three Australian warships docked in Manila after conducting maritime exercises with a Philippine Navy vessel in waters near Mindoro Island as part of Australia’s Indo-Pacific Endevour 2021 (IPE21) , said the Australian Embassy and the Philippine Navy.
The Philippines is the final stop on IPE21 this month, Canberra’s flagship regional engagement activity and Australia’s “demonstration” of “unwavering support for a peaceful, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific region, with Asean at its center â.
HMA ships Canberra, Sirius and Anzac docked on Sunday for a three-day port visit following “Exercise Lumbas” between the Australian Defense Force and the Philippine Navy in waters near Mindoro.
The Australian Embassy said Exercise Lumbas is an Australia-Philippines bilateral training focused on high-end maneuvers and interoperability.
The embassy said that since the end of last month, the IPE21 working group has embarked on a program of “mutual support at sea activities, training and capacity building programs with several partners in the region. “.
The deployment involved around 700 people, including Australian military and civilian personnel and participants from partner countries. Captain Constancio Reyes of the Philippine Navy served as the deputy commander of IPE21.
âWhile the changed conditions of Covid-19 necessitated a contactless port visit, Australia and the Philippines will host seminars, workshops and other virtual exchanges on important regional issues such as maritime safety, women, peace and security; and humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the time of the IPE21 task force in Manila, âthe embassy said.
âThis visit reflects the spirit of ‘partnership’ and bayanihan on our 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations. It also demonstrates the growing mutual trust and cooperation between the Australian Defense Force and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, âsaid Australian Ambassador Steven J. Robinson AO.
Philippine Navy spokesperson Cdr. Benjo Negranza said Navy frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF151) joined the Australian Naval Task Group during the series of exercises held near the island of Cabra before Australian warships proceeded to the anchor in Manila.
âIPE21 aims to strengthen Australia’s partnership with the region and across South East Asia by hosting a wide range of cooperative bilateral training and engagement events. The Philippines is the last stop for IPE21 for September, âsaid Negranza.
“PN’s participation in IPE21 demonstrates its unwavering commitment and unwavering dedication to promoting regional cooperation and strengthening ties with other navies,” he added.
Image courtesy of Nonie Reyes