Aus-Japan Navy to Navy talks bolster long-standing relations between nations

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr Josh Williams (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Topic(s): Strategy, International Engagement

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond AM, RAN, with Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Director General Operations and Plans Department, Rear Admiral Akira Saito at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)
Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond AM, RAN, with Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Director General Operations and Plans Department, Rear Admiral Akira Saito at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Royal Australian Navy has hosted the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force in a week-long visit to Australia that built on the strong bilateral relationship shared by the two defence forces for more than a decade.

As part of the visit, Navy leaders from the two nations conducted bilateral talks which continued the positive relationship shared by Australia and Japan since they signed the Memorandum of Defence Cooperation in 2008.

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond said the annual Navy to Navy talks provided a platform to discuss a range of initiatives and opportunities between the two nations.

“Australia and Japan have been close partners for years and these Navy to Navy talks enable us to discuss a range of issues focused in the maritime domain.

“It provides a forum for regular dialogue between our two Navies where we can discuss specific maritime objectives and perspectives of our two countries, both at a regional and global level.

“The frequency of these talks means that we are able to maintain our relationship and continue to develop an understanding of each other’s strategic Naval concerns and future directions, which enables us to cooperate in a range of exercises and exchanges.

“We are committed to strengthening this important Navy to Navy relationship in support of stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

Rear Admiral Hammond hosted the Japanese delegation - led by Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Director General Operations and Plans Department, Rear Admiral Akira Saito. While in Canberra they also visited the Australian War Memorial and toured Parliament House.