Warships combine off Sydney for multinational training exercise

Ships from Japan, the Republic of Korea and the US have joined Australia for a multinational Navy training exercise.

According to Defense, Exercise Pacific Vanguard is a quadrilateral exercise aimed at “enhancing interoperability of high-end warfighting alongside like-minded partners in the region”.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond said he was pleased to host Exercise Pacific Vanguard in Australian waters for the first time in the exercise’s history.

“We welcome our visiting friends to the region,” RADM Hammond said. “Exercising coordinated patrols, information exchange and missile firings provides confidence that we can work together as a combined force to protect our region in an increasingly complex strategic environment.

“It is vitally important that we continue to take advantage of these multinational training opportunities during the global pandemic.”

HMAS Brisbane is the Australian warship participating in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Commanding Officer Commander Aaron Cox said the exercise has given the crew another opportunity to interact with other navies.

“This exercise provided an opportunity to train with our new and advanced weapons systems that can combine with other nations in the force,” Commander Cox said. “Opportunities like this allow us to hone our skills, so that integrating with other Navies in our region becomes routine.”