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RAN to join allies off the coast of Guam

RAN to join allies off the coast of Guam
Department of Defence | Photo: LSA Rhys Withers

An Anzac Class frigate is set to be deployed for a major multinational military exercise involving live-fire and anti-sea warfare training.

An Anzac Class frigate is set to be deployed for a major multinational military exercise involving live-fire and anti-sea warfare training.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class frigate HMAS Warramunga is gearing up for Exercise Malabar 21 — a high-end multinational exercise involving the US, Japan, and India.

Held off the coast of Guam, the exercise is expected to involve a range of maritime operations, including live firings and anti-submarine warfare training.

This will mark the second consecutive year of Australian involvement in the trilateral exercise.

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, said the exercise would strengthen interoperability and enhance the nations’ collective capacity to preserve regional peace and security.

“Australia is committed to working closely with our partners to address shared regional challenges, including in the maritime domain,” VADM Noonan said.

“Our forces’ participation in Exercise Malabar 2021 will enhance the region’s maritime interoperability and is a key co-operative activity between us.

“We regularly work with India, Japan and the United States to build our professional relationships and strengthen the foundations for an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.”

Exercise Malabar 21 is the latest of a number of major multinational exercises involving the ADF, coming off the back of Exercise Talisman Sabre 21 and Large Scale Global Exercise 21.

Amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and Anzac Class frigate HMAS Ballarat joined US allies in the western Pacific Ocean for Large Scale Global Exercise 21. 

A Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft was also deployed to provide anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and maritime ISR capability.

[Related: HMAS Ballarat returns to homeport]

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