Singapore and Australia take to the sporting field

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Max Logan (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Coonawarra, NT

Topic(s): HMAS Coonawarra, Physical Training (PT)

Australian Defence Force and Republic of Singapore Navy personnel compete in a friendly volleyball match at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, Darwin. (photo: POIS James Whittle)
Australian Defence Force and Republic of Singapore Navy personnel compete in a friendly volleyball match at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, Darwin.

Junior officers from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) have joined ADF personnel for an afternoon of sport at Top End base, HMAS Coonawarra.

The event took place during a port visit by the Singaporeans who were embarked on the Endurance-class Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Republic of Singapore Ship (RSS) Endeavour.

Spirits were not dampened by a cloudy Darwin sky as teams took to the field for volleyball, small-sided soccer and the ever popular tug-of-war. Joining the friendly contest were RAN members from HMA Ships CoonawarraMaitland and Launceston, two teams from RSS Endeavour and Australian Army personnel of Transit Security Element 90. 

Led by Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (PTI) Stuart Rowe, the PTI department displayed a high standard of refereeing and event organisation. 

Leading Seaman PTI Matthew Rowe said despite the unpredictable weather, the competition was a great success.

“Great sportsmanship was displayed by all,” he said.

“Especially the visiting teams from Singapore. 

“The activity definitely enforced teamwork and friendship between our two nations, which was fantastic to see.” 

Australian Defence Force and Republic of Singapore Navy personnel compete in a friendly tug-of-war at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, Darwin.

Australian Defence Force and Republic of Singapore Navy personnel compete in a friendly tug-of-war at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, Darwin.

It was a good day for Navy’s patrol boat personnel with a combined team from HMA Ships Launceston and Maitland taking out first place.

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, was on hand to congratulate the winners before exchanging a small gift with his Singaporean counterpart.

Australia and Singapore have a strong defence relationship maintained through joint military exercises, defence force personnel exchanges and policy dialogues.