Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABEW Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05), HMAS Parramatta (F154), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Thomas Whitworth shows members from USS Chaffe some off the equipment used by the RAN in boarding evolutions during a tri-lateral exercise with the Republic of Korea, held off the coast of Jeju, South Korea.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Thomas Whitworth shows members from USS Chaffe some off the equipment used by the RAN in boarding evolutions during a tri-lateral exercise with the Republic of Korea, held off the coast of Jeju, South Korea.
Royal Australian Navy frigates, HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju.
 
The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark.
 
Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security.
 
“Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said.
 
“As the Minister for Defence has previously said, Australia calls on all countries to redouble their efforts to implement the unanimously agreed United Nations Security Council resolutions and to press upon North Korea that its current path is unacceptable.”
 
The frigates were in the region as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment and participated in the exercise en route to their next regional engagement.
 
The multilateral maritime interdiction exercise was an opportunity to practically demonstrate the Australian, ROK and US Navies’ ability to work together, contribute to regional contingencies, in support of the rules-based global order.
 
The activity was conducted in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2375, concerning the interdiction of vessels carrying suspicious cargo.
 
The participants shared processes, practices, and procedures to promote alignment, and a common understanding of obligations to eliminate the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.