The Australian Government announced that it will support an international maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman reaffirming its commitment to freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Gulf region.
This mission will see the Australian Defence Force (ADF) work alongside its international partners to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a statement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne. Britain and Bahrain has already joined the mission.
Australia’s contribution to the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) will include the deployment of:
+ a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to the Middle East for one month before the end of 2019;
+ an Australian Frigate in January 2020 for six months; and
+ ADF personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.
The Government has been concerned with incidents involving shipping in the Strait of Hormuz over the past few months, said the statement.