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Australian military exercises along with Asian allies to commence next week in Sri Lanka

The Royal Australian Navy has started the annual Indo-Pacific Endeavour 19 (IPE 19) in Western Australia (WA) to contribute enhanced regional security and stability.

Over the next three months, 1,000 Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel will participate in a series of engagement activities and military training exercises during Port visits in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam

The Australian Defense Minister Mr Pyne was quoted by the country’s media as saying that engagement with India will form the core of IPE 19. The annual event will also see personnel from Australia and India taking part in the Biennial Bilateral Naval Exercise AUSINDEX.

The South Asian Region will be the focus of IPE 19, which is the third Indo-Pacific Endeavour event aimed at improving Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces. Sri Lanka (both Colombo and Trincomalee harbors) has been included in the exercise with Australian forces expected here next weekend. According to the media release, Colombo Port in Sri Lanka is the first scheduled ports call for the Australian navy’s aircraft carrier HMAS Canberra.

Australia attaches significance to building interoperability with key partners and improving coordination of humanitarian and security responses.

Pyne said: "IPE 19 is a major regional engagement activity for the ADF, which delivers on the promise of the 2016 Defense White Paper to strengthen Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces.

"Our strong and enduring relationships with regional militaries, governments and local communities are critical to this." During IPE19, the Joint Task Force will have the opportunity to demonstrate some of the capabilities to host nations, including the helicopter landing dock ship HMAS Canberra.


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