The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is deploying the HMAS Parramatta Anzac-class frigate to support the international coalition in the enforcement of sanctions against North Korea.
HMAS Parramatta will be part of a broader East Asian deployment to ensure regional security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea is the target of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions for its nuclear and missile activities.
The UNSC has adopted several resolutions against the country since 2006 to force it to curb nuclear activities and rejoin the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The Australian Department of Defence said in a statement: “This deployment reflects Australia’s ongoing commitment to maintain pressure on North Korea to take concrete, verifiable and irreversible steps towards denuclearisation.”
During the deployment, HMAS Parramatta will work with international partners to ‘monitor and deter ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned goods’.
Earlier this year, Australia deployed a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Japan to support maritime surveillance operations.
The DoD added: “Since 2018, Australia has contributed to international efforts to deter and disrupt illicit trade and sanction-evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks.”
Other RAN vessels in the East Asian deployment are HMAS Stuart and HMAS Hobart.
Last week, the New Zealand Government decided to deploy a P-3K2 (P-3) Orionaircraft to support UN sanctions against North Korea.
The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) maritime patrol aircraft will be based in Japan.