The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has started the deployment of ships and associated forces in the Indo-Pacific region as part of its preparations to take part in the RIMPAC exercise.

RIMPAC, or Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is a biennial maritime exercise held in Hawaii, US.

Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said: “It’s important during global challenges that Australia continues to demonstrate its commitment to its partners and to a secure and prosperous region.

“The ADF conducts regular military-to-military engagements throughout the Indo-Pacific every year.

“These engagements deepen Australia’s partnerships with security forces in the region and enhances our ability to operate with partner nations during security or humanitarian crises.”

The deployment will help in conducting exercises within Southeast Asia, while some ships will depart for Hawaii to participate in the RIMPAC.

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With the participation, Australia seeks to bolster its military alliance with its partners and boost the capability of the ADF.

Reynolds added: “Since the 1970s, Australia’s participation in RIMPAC has helped foster and sustain the partnerships that secure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The exercise provides the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise and cultivate ties with the armed forces of Pacific Rim countries.

Recently, a team of Australian personnel joined a coalition maritime exercise in the Middle East. The move was part of Operation Manitou, an Australian Government effort to ensure stability and security in the region.

The team comprised 20 Royal Australian Navy personnel, Royal Australian Air Force representatives,  and defence civilians.