Australian Navy ships arrive in Visakhapatnam for ex-Indo-Pacific Endeavour with Indian Navy

This will enable the Australian Navy to build relationships and strengthen ties with close partners all the way from India to Indonesia.

Royal Australian Navy ships HMAS Adelaide and Anzac arrived in Visakhapatnam on Monday for Exercise ‘Indo-Pacific Endeavour’ with the Indian Navy.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE), one of Australia’s key regional engagement activities, returns to Southeast Asia and the Northeast Indian Ocean from September to November this year, visiting a record 14 countries in this iteration, read Australian Defence Ministry press release.

Australian Army MRH-90 helicopters comes into land on HMAS Adelaide during flying operation as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022. 📸 LSIS Jarryd Capper
HMA Ships Adelaide and ANZAC as part of the largest Indo-Pacific Endeavour; Image Source: ADF

IPE 2022 will see engagements with the Maldives, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

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These engagements are supported by an Australian Defence Force Maritime Task Unit of Royal Australian Navy ships and embarked Army members as well as Royal Australian Air Force air mobility aircraft for fly-in-fly-out engagements, marking a total composition of 1800 personnel, five ships and 11 helicopters, added the release.

IPE began in 2017 as an annual activity coordinated by the Australian Defence Force to deliver on the promise of the 2016 Defence White Paper to strengthen Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces.

HMA Ships Adelaide and ANZAC as part of the largest Indo-Pacific Endeavour; Image Source: ADF

Aiming to promote security and stability in Australia’s near region through bilateral and multilateral engagement, training and capacity building. Australia is committed to making effective contributions to humanitarian and security efforts in the region, said the release.

Commodore Mal Wise AM, Commander IPE22 said, “I look forward to leading Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022 to make new relationships and strengthen our ties in the region. We plan to learn from our partners all the way from India to Indonesia.”

“Regional security is more than a military task. I am pleased that a range of government agencies are contributing to Indo-Pacific Endeavour as we work together to support a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood,”

Commodore Wise added.
HMA Ships Adelaide and ANZAC as part of the largest Indo-Pacific Endeavour; Image Source: ADF

Australia’s vision for the Indo-Pacific is a region that is secure, open, prosperous and resilient.
Coordinated by the Australian Defence Force, the activity will include military exercises, workshops, training, sporting events, and cultural activities with Indian armed forces partners.

It will deepen cooperation on issues ranging from amphibious operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, to gender, peace and security.

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The Australian Navy was also part of the ‘Malabar Naval Exercise’ hosted by India in 2020 and 2021.

In September 2022, the Indian Air Force contingent participated in the multinational Exercise Pitch Black 2022 at Darwin Air Base in Australia. About 100 aircraft and 2,500 military personnel from 17 nations will take part in this two-week-long exercise in the Northern Territory. The IAF contingent included four Su-30 MKI & two C-17 aircraft. Exercise Pitch Black provided an opportunity for the air forces to share best practices and experiences.