Korean exercise refines skills

Published on LCDR Christopher McGregor (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Busan, Busan

Topic(s): North East Asia Deployment, Exercise HAIDOLI WALLABY

HMA Ship's Stuart and Arunta form on either side of Republic of Korean Navy Ship JeonBuk as they conduct a screenplay during Exercise Haedoli-Wallaby 2015 off the coast of Busan, Republic of Korea. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
HMA Ship's Stuart and Arunta form on either side of Republic of Korean Navy Ship JeonBuk as they conduct a screenplay during Exercise Haedoli-Wallaby 2015 off the coast of Busan, Republic of Korea.

HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta have followed up a successful port visit to Busan, South Korea, by participating in bilateral Exercise HAIDOLI WALLABY, with four warships of the Republic of Korea Navy.
 
The ships were joined by a AP-3C Orion aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force's 92 Wing in Edinburgh, South Australia, for the exercise.
 
Republic of Korea ships Jeon Buk (Incheon class frigate), Chung Nam (Ulfan class frigate) and Sung Nam (Pohang class corvette) along with submarine Choe Mu Sun and multiple aircraft participated
 
Exercise planner Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Parker said that the activity was one of a number of engagements for the frigates across current deployments.
 
"It is fitting that the submarine participated, noting 'Haedoli' means 'dolphin'," she said.
 
"The two forces conducted joint anti-submarine warfare and seamanship drills over two days, honing their skills and further strengthening the interoperability between the Republic of Korean Navy and the Royal Australian Navy.
 
The ships are both Anzac class frigates capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
 
The deployments have included exercises in Japan, Korea and India so far, and will include future activities with China and Indonesia, along with port visits to other nations.