Australia and Singapore complete joint exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), WO Tim Badger (photographer)

Location(s): Singapore

Topic(s): HMAS Stuart (F153), Exercise SINGAROO

Sub Lieutenant Marita Sellick, on the bridge of HMAS Stuart, shows the ship's Electronic Chart Display System (ECDIS) to Captain Kevin Goh and Lieutenant Keef Lin of the Republic of Singapore Navy as part of Exercise SINGAROO 2014.  (photo: WO Tim Badger)
Sub Lieutenant Marita Sellick, on the bridge of HMAS Stuart, shows the ship's Electronic Chart Display System (ECDIS) to Captain Kevin Goh and Lieutenant Keef Lin of the Republic of Singapore Navy as part of Exercise SINGAROO 2014.

Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Stuart, joined the Republic of Singapore frigate, RSS Tenacious, in waters off Singapore for a four-day maritime exercise in the first week of October.

Exercise SINGAROO has been an opportunity for joint training for the past 19 years.

Commanding Officer of Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye, said the navies conducted a range of maritime security serials and conventional warfare drills against aerial, surface and underwater threats during the exercise.

“We regularly train and operate with the Singaporean Armed Forces and recently worked with members of the Republic of Singapore Navy who fulfilled key planning roles in Exercise KAKADU off northern Australia,” Commander Nye said.

L-R: Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye with Captain Kevin Goh and Lieutenant Keef Lin of the Republic of Singapore Navy, together with Stuart’s Navigation Officer Lieutenant James Brandreth on the ship's gun direction platform during Exercise SINGAROO 2014 in the South China Sea.

L-R: Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye with Captain Kevin Goh and Lieutenant Keef Lin of the Republic of Singapore Navy, together with Stuart’s Navigation Officer Lieutenant James Brandreth on the ship's gun direction platform during Exercise SINGAROO 2014 in the South China Sea.

“At SINGAROO we have conducted a number of activities including anti-submarine warfare, air-defence serials and an air to air towed-target shoot.”

“By working closely with our regional colleagues, we enhance our professional and personal ties.

“We also have a better understanding of common operating procedures, which ensures our navies can work together effectively during maritime or coalition operations. It has been a great training opportunity for my crew,” he said.

Australia and Singapore are both members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) and regularly exercise together. The FPDA is the longest standing multilateral arrangement in South East Asia and is in its 43rd year.