The Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class Submarine HMAS Sheean has taken advantage of a mid-ocean encounter, by getting in some last minute practice at anti-submarine warfare on its way to Singapore.
Sheean is heading to Singapore for Exercise Bersama Shield 2014. The exercise will bring Sheean together with other Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force assets as well as defence force assets from New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom in a critical test of interoperability.
On the way past Christmas Island, Sheean encountered the Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Stuart. The Commander of Navy’s Maritime Operations, Commodore Brad Wheeler said neither vessel could let the chance to practice anti-submarine warfare slip by.
‘This is the type of warfare Sheean will be participating in during Bersama Shield so when this opportunity came up, we knew we couldn’t let it go,” Commodore Wheeler said.
“Stuart had a window in her schedule and hunting submarines is always a challenge,” he said.
In the end, both ships called it a draw and Sheean continued on her way north.
Sheean and HMAS Sydney, as well as two RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail aircraft and a KA350 King Air will participate in Bersama Shield, which will be held in and around the Malaysian and Singaporean coasts.
The Five Power Defence Arrangement between Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom is the longest standing multilateral arrangement in South East Asia.
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