Australian Navy warships dock in Colombo for Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2022


COLOMBO (News 1st) – Two Royal Australian Navy ships namely; HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Anzac which are engaged in Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2022 arrived at the port of Colombo this morning (October 25, 2022). Upon arrival, visiting ships were greeted by the Sri Lankan Navy in keeping with naval tradition.

Indo-Pacific Endeavor (IPE) began in 2017 as a coordinated Australian Defense Force activity to strengthen Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces.

Thus, this year’s IPE will return to Southeast and South Asia, consolidating partnerships with 14 countries such as Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives. and India.

Commodore Mal Wise of the Royal Australian Navy is the Joint Task Force Commander for Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2022.

The visiting vessel HMAS Adelaide, which is a 230m long Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), is commanded by Captain SJ Watters. It also has 8 attack helicopters on board and 543 crew members.

Similarly, the HMAS Anzac which is a 118m long Frigate is commanded by Commander DM MCPHERSON. She is manned by a crew of 119 and the ship also has an attack helicopter on board.

In the meantime, the Joint Task Force Commander for Indo-Pacific Effort 2022, Commodore Mal Wise appealed to Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at Navy Headquarters today (October 25).

During the ensuing interaction, they exchanged views on several issues of bilateral importance and souvenirs were also exchanged to mark the significance of the occasion.

As part of Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2022, the Royal Australian Navy hosted an Amphibious Operations Seminar and Programs to exchange best practices with its Sri Lankan counterpart. Additionally, a group of Sri Lankan Navy and Air Force personnel are also expected to visit the ship duo in Colombo.

While on the island, the crews of HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Anzac will participate in some programs organized by the Sri Lankan Navy, with a view to further enhancing cooperation and goodwill between the two navies.

Upon their departure, HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Anzac will conduct a naval exercise with the Sri Lankan Navy off Colombo on October 26. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Navy values ​​maritime cooperation and camaraderie built on similar engagements, as they will be essential in meeting common maritime challenges in the future.

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