HMAS Adelaide, Toowoomba arrive in Darwin en route to Indo-Pacific

An MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide (rear) departs the flight deck of Singaporean Navy ship Resolution during training between the RAN and Republic of Singapore Navy off the coast of North Queensland. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy ships Adelaide and Toowoomba, currently part of the Australian joint task group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, are stopping in Darwin Harbour on Friday, en route to the Indo-Pacific region.

The vessels are part of a six-ship group representing the largest coordinated task group to deploy to the Indo-Pacific for over 40 years.

On September 4, HMA Ships Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne, Parramatta, Toowoomba and Sirius sailed out of Sydney with Army force elements and ADF helicopters on board.

Over the past 10 days, the task group has completed amphibious landing craft and aviation training with the Singaporean Navy and United States Navy.

During her three day visit to Darwin, Adelaide will embark the final humanitarian aid and disaster relief response capability elements to support the task group’s deployment throughout the South East Asia region.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour demonstrates Australia’s ability to support humanitarian assistance and disaster responses throughout the region.

The 11-week deployment will further enhance military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

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