U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy Operate Together in South China Sea

The U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) came together for operations in the South China Sea starting April 13, the U.S. Navy announced.

The RAN Anzac-class frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFG 154) began sailing with U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) then rendezvoused with amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) on April 18. Their combined operations started with force integration training and maneuvering exercises between Parramatta and Bunker Hill.

US-Australian Navy Joint Ops in South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 18, 2020) Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154), left, sails with amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Huynh)

Operations with USS America started with precision maneuvers that included USS Barry in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy joint operations with Parramatta have included integrated live-fire exercises, coordinated helicopter operations, small boat force protection drills, command and control integration, and maneuvering interoperability.

The U.S. and Australia share a long history of integrated military exercises. Over 3,000 U.S. Sailors and Marines had the opportunity to observe or participate in the combined exercise.

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