Navy sails in-sync with Singapore
1 November 2017
As a MRH-90 helicopter from the HMAS Adelaide touched down in a deck landing practice on the flight deck of Royal Singapore Ship Supreme, interoperability engagement with Singapore Armed Forces moved to a new level.
Following the deck landing practice exercise, HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin joined with their Singaporean Navy counterparts on Supreme in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) as the Australian ships departed the island nation to continue with Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.
Both Australian ships recently arrived in Singapore to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability with counterparts in the Singaporean Armed Forces (SAF) by embarking vehicles and soldiers on board Adelaide.
Australia and Singapore have a strong and long history on defence engagement and cooperation, founded on shared interests in security and stability in the region.
Captain Jonathan Earley RAN, the Commanding of the Indo-Pacific mission, said he was pleased to be working with his Singaporean counterparts again.
“This exercise, at the conclusion of our Singapore visit, builds on the aviation and landing craft training conducted last month between Adelaide and RSS Resolution while operating off the east coast of Australia,” he said.
“The MRH-90 cross-decking to RSS Supreme is assisting in familiarising the Singaporeans with how the Royal Australia Navy conducts flying operations.”
During the visit to the island nation, members from Adelaide worked together with SAF counterparts to conduct Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief training, which involved the embarkation of SAF personnel and vehicles via Landing Craft.
Members of the Singapore Navy joined Adelaide as the ship transited from RSS Singapura to Sembawang Naval Base.
HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin were in Singapore as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, a joint task group deployment to the region demonstrating the ADF’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities and commitment to regional engagement.
Prior to visiting Singapore, HMA both ships have visited Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor-Leste as part of efforts to strengthen military cooperation with Australia’s regional partners.