Following the recent success of Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2015, HMAS Perth joined ships from across the Asia-Pacific at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base for the International Maritime Defence Exhibition Asia 2015.
The international maritime defence show, combines defence industry exhibitions, strategic conferences and a warship display. Perth was on show along side 20 other ships from 12 countries.
Perth opened her gangway to visiting dignitaries and members of the public, including Singaporean Minister of State, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Chief of the Republic of Singapore Navy, Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, and Australian Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.
Having served in HMAS Perth (II) as a junior officer, Vice Admiral Barrett made time to meet the current custodians of Perth’s proud name. He met with the 21 Seamen and four Midshipmen currently serving in Perth and was presented with a photograph taken during his time on Perth (II) from the 1981 North-West Indian Ocean Cruise Book by his former shipmate and current member of Perth, Chief Petty Officer Electronic Warfare Craig Trudgian.
Vice Admiral Barrett congratulated the crew on its recent successes, while emphasising the important work that all navy personnel perform, especially those deployed.
“The achievements of Navy are not only noted by a domestic audience but also by our many regional partners and neighbours. You should take great satisfaction in your achievements,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
“I have been approached many times by people from other Navies, complementing the Royal Australian Navy and asking questions relating to the manner in which we conduct our business.
"Our fine international reputation is driven by the great work done by high performing ships like Perth.”
To mark the completion of the Exhibition, Perth hosted an official reception on board which was attended by a large number of senior foreign military officers and government officials.
Perth’s Commanding Officer Captain Ivan Ingham highlighted the importance of the Royal Australian Navy's presence at regional activities such as this.
“It allows Perth and the Royal Australian Navy opportunities to strengthen our naval ties and showcase the Anzac class Anti-Ship Missile Defence capability alongside the most modern and sophisticated ships from throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” Captain Ingham said.
Perth has gone on to participate in the fifth Western-Pacific Naval Symposium Multi-Lateral Sea Exercise, before she continues with the remainder of a South-East Asian deployment. On return to Australia, the ship will participate in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015 before conducting a security patrol of the North West Shelf on return to Fleet Base West at the end of July.