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.
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.