Sailing in-sync with Singapore

This article has photo gallery Published on LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Topic(s): MRH-90 Taipan, HMAS Adelaide (L01), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

A MRH-90 Taipan helicopter from HMAS Adelaide conducts deck landings aboard Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Supreme off the coast of Singapore, during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)
A MRH-90 Taipan helicopter from HMAS Adelaide conducts deck landings aboard Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Supreme off the coast of Singapore, during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.

As a MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide touched down in a deck landing practice on the flight deck of RSS Supreme, Australia’s interoperability with the Singapore Armed Forces moved to a new level. 

Following the deck landing practice, HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin joined with their Singaporean Navy counterparts on Supreme in a passage exercise.

Both Australian ships were in Singapore to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability with counterparts in the Singapore Armed Forces by embarking vehicles and soldiers on board Adelaide.

Australia and Singapore have a strong and long history on defence engagement and cooperation, founded on shared interests in security and stability in the region.

Captain Jonathan Earley, Commanding Officer Adelaide said he was pleased to be working with his Singaporean counterparts again.

“The exercise, at the conclusion of our Singapore visit, built on the aviation and landing craft training conducted recently between Adelaide and RSS Resolution while operating off the east coast of Australia,” he said.

“The MRH-90 cross-decking to RSS Supreme assists in familiarising the Singaporeans with how the Royal Australia Navy conducts flying operations.”

Singapore Armed Forces personnel and vehicles were embarked via landing craft and members of the Singapore Navy joined Adelaide as the ship transited from RSS Singapura to Sembawang Naval Base.

Adelaide and Darwin were in Singapore as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, a joint task group deployment to the region demonstrating the Australian Defence Force’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities and commitment to regional engagement.

Prior to visiting Singapore, both ships visited Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor-Leste as part of efforts to strengthen military cooperation with Australia’s regional partners.