HMAS Sydney Embarks on Four-Month Regional Presence Deployment

Australia, Defence

Article: The Hobart-class guided-missile destroyer, HMAS Sydney, has departed for its four-month regional presence deployment, demonstrating Australia’s commitment to regional security. With its embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and a crew of approximately 200 personnel, HMAS Sydney was farewelled by loved ones at Fleet Base East last week.

During the deployment, HMAS Sydney will participate in Exercise RIMPAC 24, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, involving some 40 surface ships, four submarines, 14 national land forces, more than 170 aircraft, and approximately 25,000 personnel from 30 nations. This unique training opportunity fosters relationships crucial for regional security.

HMAS Sydney will also participate in Exercise Pacific Dragon and Operation Argos, the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to international efforts to enforce United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea. The ship will conduct activities with regional partners aimed at improving cooperation, interoperability, and interchangeability.

Joint Force Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Jonathan Ley, said regional presence deployments demonstrated Australia’s commitment to engaging closely with allies and partners as part of maintaining a near-continuous presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Commander Grant Coleman, the commanding officer of HMAS Sydney, expressed his crew’s enthusiasm for the privilege of representing Australia at Exercise RIMPAC and throughout the rest of their deployment. HMAS Sydney will return to Fleet Base East, Sydney, in October.

Media can access imagery and vision from HMAS Sydney’s departure at https://images.defence.gov.au/S20240398.

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