An 8 member team from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are part of an Australian defence force led major maritime activity, the Indo – Pacific Endevour 2018.
A Joint Task Group of four ships and over 1,000 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018, a series of key engagement activities with Australia’s regional neighbours to build regional security and stability in the Southwest Pacific.
Force elements from the US Marine and Sri Lankan Marine are also part of the group.
Running from May to September, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 is geared towards enhancing interoperability with Australia’s key regional partners, including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
HMAS Adelaide, a Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Dock, is the centrepiece of the task group, able to project embarked personnel, vehicles and aircraft ashore in support of joint exercises.
The navy ship is expected to dock at the Kings Wharf this Saturday.
Australian Defence Minister – Marise Payne said the centrepiece of the IPE 18 Joint Task Group, will be the Canberra-class Landing Helicopter Dock Ship, HMAS Adelaide.
HMAS Adelaide provides the Australian Defence Force with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems, in the world.
The first port of call for Adelaide and Melbourne, will be Fiji, while Toowoomba and Success will visit Vanuatu.
Both the HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Melbourne will be en route to Hawaii to participate in exercises and will be calling through a number of Pacific Island Countries, in line with the Indo-Pacific Endeavour program outlined in Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper.