The strength of French and Australian defence cooperation was showcased recently when Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta and Marine Nationale ship FNS La Moqueuse sailed into Sydney Harbour in company.
A testament to the importance of regional collaboration, the 3600 tonne frigate Parramatta manoeuvred seamlessly with the 480 tonne patrol vessel La Moqueuse, entering Sydney heads in a professionally coordinated formation.
Prior to entering the harbour, the ships joined in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) conducting Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres (OOWMANS) and Replenishment at Sea Approaches (RASAPS), which provided an opportunity for both ships’ companies to advance cooperative capabilities.
The two navies have a long history of trusted cooperation, having stood alongside each other in many operational theatres since the First World War and at present in the Indian Ocean and the Middle East.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Parramatta, Commander Anita Nemarich said exercises such as this are integral to maintaining a commitment to our nations’ shared values, goals and security interests.
“As partners with mutual security and capability interests we have new opportunities to refocus and enhance our relationship in order to further advance our shared interests,” Commander Nemarich said.
“Cooperative maritime activities and interactions at sea allow us to enhance interoperability with our regional partners, including the French Marine Nationale via La ç which is based in Noumea.”
“Both navies have a shared commitment to the peaceful settlement of conflicts and to strengthening international peace and security, particularly in the Indo-Pacific and Southern Ocean.”
The PASSEX additionally allowed the Sea Training Group on board HMAS Parramatta to conduct training with the crew and ensure they are ready for a busy year ahead.
FNS La Moqueuse will conduct a port visit to Sydney as part of her current patrol passage.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20200651.