Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

RAN, French Navy rendezvous in South China Sea

The navies have conducted a number of joint exercises during a voyage through the South China Sea.

The navies have conducted a number of joint exercises during a voyage through the South China Sea.

RAN frigate HMAS Anzac and auxiliary oiler HMAS Sirius have conducted exercises alongside the French Navy’s Jeanne d'Arc Task Group, comprised of the amphibious assault ship FS Tonnerre and the La Fayette Class frigate FS Surcouf.


Both Navy Task Groups trained together as part of French-led Exercise La Perouse in the Bay of Bengal.

Commander of the Australian Task Group and Commanding Officer Anzac Commander Brendan Horn lauded the success of the collaboration.

“We gained a lot of experience in working with the Jeanne d'Arc Task Group during Exercise La Perouse, so it was a fantastic opportunity for both navies to put that experience to the test in a range of activities including officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres, replenishments at sea and flying operations,” CMDR Horn said.

“France and Australia enjoy a close partnership and share a commitment to maintaining an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific.”

HMAS Sirius’ company conducted replenishments at sea, supported by the three accompanying ships, concluding at-sea supply exercises during the deployment. 


Commanding Officer Sirius Commander Chris Doherty reflected: “Working with partner navies allows us to test our procedures and we’ve already resupplied vessels from Malaysia, the US, India and Japan in addition to HMAS Anzac.

“For many of our crew, working with partner navies will be a career milestone that they can look back on with pride.” 

As part of the Jeanne d'Arc Task Group’s five-month deployment, French Navy vessels are expected to tour the Mediterranean, Red and South China Seas, and Indian and Pacific oceans.

Subscribe to the Defence Connect daily newsletter.
Be the first to hear the latest developments in the defence industry.

Anzac and Sirius, which deployed from the homeport at Fleet Base West in Western Australia, are due to return this month.

[Related: Australia, US, UK, France conduct joint sea mine training in Arabian Gulf]

RAN, French Navy rendezvous in South China Sea
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Sep 23 2021
HMAS Gascoyne deploys on live mine disposal ops
The Royal Australian Navy's Huon Class minehunter coastal HMAS Gascoyne is conducting a live mine disposal activity on its latest...
nuclear engineering program
Sep 23 2021
$1m donation expands Australia’s only nuclear engineering program
The Sir William Tyree Foundation has made a $1 million donation to support UNSW’s expanding nuclear engineering program and fost...
Sep 23 2021
PODCAST: Unpacking AUKUS — Australia’s nuclear submarine deal
In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, editor of Defence Connect Liam Garman and news editor Charbel Kadib join host Phil...