HMAS Stuart completes bilateral exercise with Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Christopher McGregor (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Stuart (F153)

HMAS Stuart cheers ship for JS Kirisame during a Formation Foxtrot before completing Exercise Nichi Gou Trident off the south coast of Japan. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
HMAS Stuart cheers ship for JS Kirisame during a Formation Foxtrot before completing Exercise Nichi Gou Trident off the south coast of Japan.

HMAS Stuart has followed up on her successful participation in the Japanese International Fleet Review and port visit to Yokosuka, Japan, by participating in the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT with five warships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force.

Stuart, along with the Japanese ships JS Kirisame, JS Shimakaze, JS Kirishima, JS Chokai and JS Samidare conducted joint maritime warfare drills over four days, honing their skills in a variety of disciplines off the south eastern coast of Japan. With the broad aim of the exercise being to further develop interoperability between the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy, the six ships participated in a range of activities included anti-submarine warfare, ship handling, aviation operations and surface gunnery.

HMAS Stuart 'Cheers Ship' for JS Shimakaze during a Formation Foxtrot following the completion of Exercise Nichi Gou Trident off the south coast of Japan.

HMAS Stuart 'Cheers Ship' for JS Shimakaze during a Formation Foxtrot following the completion of Exercise Nichi Gou Trident off the south coast of Japan.

For Lieutenant Josh Cowell, Gunnery Officer onboard Stuart, NICHI GOU TRIDENT was his first international exercise.

"I found it an extremely challenging but rewarding experience, it provided an excellent opportunity to observe how other navies operate and execute warfare," he said.

HMAS Stuart is an Anzac class frigate, a long-range escort ship capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare and is based at Fleet Base East, Sydney. Stuart is currently undertaking a North East Asia deployment to Japan, South Korea and China.