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Australian Navy joins US, Japanese counterparts for Indian Ocean exercise

USS Halsey, JS Sazanami and HMAS Warramunga conduct a cooperative activity between Japan, the United States and Australia during a regional presence deployment. (Source: Defence)

Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga has joined with US Navy destroyer USS Halsey and Japanese destroyer JS Sazanami and conducted two days of combined training in the Indian Ocean while sailing to India for Exercise Milan.

Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga has joined with US Navy destroyer USS Halsey and Japanese destroyer JS Sazanami and conducted two days of combined training in the Indian Ocean while sailing to India for Exercise Milan.

This two-day training exercise, called “Noble Dingo”, conducted in the Bay of Bengal is designed to enhance the interoperability between the three nations.

As part of the exercise, the ships steamed in formation and conducted tactical manoeuvring, coordinated helicopter operations, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare exercises as well as conducting a combined five-inch gun firing.

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Additionally, five personnel from both USS Halsey and HMAS Warramunga participated in a cross-deck exchange to experience life on each other’s ship while building professional relationships.

HMAS Warramunga, USS Halsey, and JS Sazanami arrived in Vishakhapatnam on completing Noble Dingo, in time for the Exercise Milan harbour phase, which commenced on 19 February.

Noble Dingo was part of the Indo-Pacific regional presence deployment HMAS Warramunga has been undertaking throughout south and Southeast Asia since early February.

HMAS Warramunga is the third of eight Anzac Class frigates built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria, for the Royal Australian Navy.

HMAS Warramunga, like its sister frigate HMA ships Anzac, Arunta, Ballarat, Parramatta, Stuart, and Toowoomba features a “combined diesel or gas” (CODOG) propulsion plant which enables the ship to sustain sprint speeds of greater than 27 knots and allows an operational range in excess of 6,000 nautical miles at 18 knots.

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