Reservists tour HMAS Anzac in Cebu

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Max Logan (author and photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Anzac (F150), South East Asia Deployment, Exercise LUMBAS

Philippine Navy Reservists view HMAS Anzac's MH60-R helicopter while conducting a ship tour during Exercise LUMBAS 2018, as part of the South East Asia Deployment. (photo: SBLT Max Logan)
Philippine Navy Reservists view HMAS Anzac's MH60-R helicopter while conducting a ship tour during Exercise LUMBAS 2018, as part of the South East Asia Deployment.

Reserve members of the Philippine Navy (PN) were shown an insider’s view of an Anzac-class frigate during a ship tour in Cebu recently.

HMAS Anzac hosted a group of 30 Reservists to the ship while alongside for a port visit to the city as part of her South East Asia Deployment.

The tour included key areas within the ship including the flight deck, bridge and upper-decks as well as the hangar and embarked MH60-R helicopter. It came as the RAN and PN strengthened military-to-military ties during the annual, bilateral Exercise LUMBAS 2018.

HMAS Anzac Maritime Warfare Officer, Sub Lieutenant Jemma Dart said it was an enjoyable event and a chance to meet members of a partner Navy.

“The group was very enthusiastic.

“We were able to provide some insight into how we do business while alongside and at sea.

“It was also great to meet members of the Philippines Navy while in Cebu for Exercise LUMBAS 2018,” Sub Lieutenant Dart said.

The Australian Defence Force has a long-standing and valued relationship with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success deployed to the region for approximately three months, visiting a number of ports to build partner capacity and develop interoperability in the region.