Two Royal Australian Navy vessels are currently in Philippines for a five-day visit. Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Arunta and HMAS Sirius are in Subic until October 11. “The short break from sea will give the ships’ companies an opportunity to continue their association with Filipino colleagues and experience Philippine culture and sights,” the Australian Embassy in Manila said in a statement today.
HMAS Arunta is an Anzac class frigate while HMAS Sirius is a fleet replenishment ship. The two ships have just completed exercises with India in the Indian Ocean. After their Philippine visit, the Australian vessels will continue their Asian deployments.
Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell and Australian Defence Attaché Colonel Bruce Murray welcomed the officers and crew of the Australian vessels today. “Australia values the deepening engagement with the Philippine Navy,” the Australian envoy said.
The Australian embassy said Australia and the Philippines have a long-standing Defense Cooperation Program on counter-terrorism, maritime security and has given assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.
It can be remembered that Australia donated two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) from the Royal Australian Navy to help improve the Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) capacity of the Philippine armed forces.