HMAS Melbourne has strengthened military ties across Asia by participating in an International Fleet Review to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.
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Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said HMAS Melbourne’s participation in the Fleet Review demonstrates Australia’s commitment to the region and highlights the valued partnership between the Royal Australian Navy and the Republic of Korea Navy.
"It is a great honour to be invited to contribute to an International Fleet Review and HMAS Melbourne has represented Australia well on the international stage. HMAS Melbourne led Australia’s congratulatory wishes to the Republic of Korea on this auspicious occasion and deepened the military relationships and links we enjoy across the Indo-Pacific," Minister Pyne said.
Following the successful visit to Jeju Island, HMAS Melbourne will continue her north-east Asia deployment, re-joining HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius for further bilateral exercises and international engagements.
HMAS Melbourne is one of the Royal Australian Navy's three Adelaide Class guided missile frigates. The ship is a long-range escort prioritised for area air defence and fully capable of surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
HMAS Melbourne can counter simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines. In order to maintain her effectiveness against contemporary threats, the ship underwent a significant upgrade in the mid-2000s. This included upgrades to the combat system, radars, sensors and new missiles.