The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) second Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide has conducted Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) training with Philippine Marines in Subic Bay, Philippines.
The training was part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 mission executed by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Task Group, which also includes HMAS Adelaide, in the Indo-Pacific region.
The deployment was started on Sept. 4 and will conclude on Nov. 26.
The mission will focus on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.
HMAS Adelaide will be accompanied at various stages of the deployment by HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Darwin, HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Parramatta, and HMAS Sirius, making this the biggest coordinated task group deployment since the early 1980s.
The deployment will also involve service personnel from the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and include Defence civilians, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft.
It comes amid rising tensions in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea with China facing increasing criticism for its reclamation of reefs and militarisation of islands in the waters.