The Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156) received an enthusiastic welcome to the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu during a port visit recently.
Members of ship’s company were welcomed at a ceremony featuring a music and dance display by traditional Malaysian dancers. Thecrew were also presented with a gift of locally handmade Litai bead necklaces.
Australia and Malaysia are currently engaged in Five Powers Defence Arrangements (FPDA) with New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The FPDA is one of the longest standing multilateral arrangements in South East Asia and contributes to both the security of Singapore and Malaysia and to general stability in the South East Asian region.
At an official reception during the visit, Toowoomba welcomed a variety of guests including the Royal Malaysian Navy Eastern Fleet Commander, the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia and the Australian Defence Attaché.
Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Anzac (FFH 150), HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success (OR 304) are currently deployed to South East Asia and will conduct a series of exercises and port visits with nations in the region.
Australia is committed to developing strong and positive defence relations with regional nations through dialogue and practical activities.
LCDR Richard Carter, Royal Australian Navy