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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 concludes
24 May 2019
Up to 1500 sailors, soldiers and airmen and women have begun returning to Australia, following an intensive three month tour of South and South Eastern Asia. INDO PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR has seen up to four ships, a submarine and nine aircraft visit 7 nations to strengthen Australia’s regional ties. IPE 19 was one of the most ambitious regional engagement activities ever undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. The IPE fleet travelled around southern Australia to Fremantle in WA and then to Sri Lanka before turning north to India and south east to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, finally visiting Jakarta and Makassar in Indonesia before returning to Australia via Darwin. HMAS Canberra, a Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Dock, acted as the flagship of the joint taskforce, able to project embarked personnel, vehicles and aircraft ashore, while providing the base for a variety of military tasks. Canberra was joined in the Joint Task Force by HMA Ships Success, Newcastle and Parramatta, and embarked MH-60R maritime combat helicopters and MRH-90 maritime support helicopters. A Royal Australian Air Force P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and a Collins Class submarine joined the Joint Task Force during several key regional visits. Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 also involves personnel from the Australian Army’s 2RAR and 3RAR, the Australian Army Band, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence Civilians.
The last leg of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019
23 May 2019
A Joint Task Force consisting of up to four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a series of key engagement activities with Australia’s regional neighbours. Running from March to May, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is geared towards enhancing interoperability with Australia’s key regional partners, including Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. In the third iteration of the activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is a key part of Australia’s ongoing efforts to re-affirm positive relationships with other militaries through joint practical activities. HMAS Canberra, a Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Dock, is the flagship of the joint taskforce, able to project embarked personnel, vehicles and aircraft ashore, while providing an effective hub for control of a variety of military tasks. Canberra has been joined in the Joint Task Force by HMA Ships Success, Newcastle and Parramatta, and embarked MH-60R maritime combat helicopters and MRH-90 maritime support helicopters. A Royal Australian Air Force P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft joined the Joint Task Force during several key regional visits. Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 also involves personnel from the Australian Army’s 2RAR and 3RAR, the Australian Army Band, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence Civilians.
HMAS Ballarat participates in the Gulf Anti-Submarine Exercise
20 May 2019
The Gulf Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (GASWEX 19) is a French led exercise conducted over 3 days, involving units from Denmark, USA and Australia. The exercise was conducted in support of the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group, providing realistic training in the protection of a high value assets against a sub-surface adversary during fixed wing carrier operations.
HMAS Newcastle navigation through Malacca Strait
14 May 2019
Stuck in traffic today? Try navigating your way through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes! HMAS Newcastle in company with the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 Flagship HMAS Canberra, has made her final transition through the most complex sea waters in the world, the Malacca and Singapore Straits.
Fuelling up for the final time
13 May 2019
Fuelling up for the final time! HMAS Success has conducted a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Pecos in approach lanes of the busy Singapore Straits. HMA Ships Canberra, Newcastle and Success have taken on enough fuel to complete their Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 mission and return home.
HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the Middle East
13 May 2019
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea. The seizures, including approximately 2.5 tonnes of hashish and 135kg of heroin, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on 5 and 7 May 2019. The vessels, known as dhows, were exhibiting signs of suspicious activity and were subsequently boarded and inspected by the crew of HMAS Ballarat. The two seizures brings the total number of narcotics interdictions by HMAS Ballarat to nine over the period of her current deployment. Since her departure from Australia in October 2018, Ballarat has seized over 9 tonnes of hashish and approximately 1.4 tonnes of heroin, to the total estimated value of AUD$900 million*. Currently deployed on Operation Manitou, Ballarat is the 67th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy vessel to the region since 1990. Operation Manitou is the Australian Government's contribution to international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region. *Note: This calculation is based on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Illicit Drug Data Report 2015–16 figures for Cannabis Resin (Hashish) @ AUD$50,000 per kilo (p215) and Heroin @ AUD$300,000 per kilo (p216).