Australian, U.S. Navies Conduct Joint Operations in South China Sea

Naval vessels belonging to the Royal Australian Navy and the U.S. Navy conducted operations together in the South China Sea from Nov. 6 to 12.

The vessels were USS Montgomery (LCS 8), a U.S. Navy Independence-variant littoral combat ship; and RAN’s HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) Anzac-class helicopter-frigate (FFH) and HMAS Sirius (O 266) fleet replenishment vessel.

While transiting together at sea, Montgomery, Stuart and Sirius conducted communication drills, division tactics, bilateral flight operations, and personnel exchange, all designed to address common maritime security priorities, enhance interoperability, and develop relationships that will benefit both navies for many years to come.

Also accomplished were two replenishments at sea (RAS) with Sirius, marking the first time an LCS has received fuel from an allied navy vessel while underway.

HMAS Stuart and HMAS Sirius are currently underway in the Indo-Pacific in support of regional security and stability. Attached to the U.S. Navy’s Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, USS Montgomery is on her rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations “in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific”.

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