The Australian Navy has sent two ships to join up with the Malaysian Navy as part of ongoing joint maritime warfare exercise Mastex in the Malacca Straits of Malaysia.

The Adelaide Class Frigate HMAS Darwin and Replenishment ship HMAS Success have been deployed and will participate in the seven-day exercise in conjunction with the Malaysian Corvettes KD Lekiu and KD Laksamana Hung Nadim.

The Mastex exercise is aimed at improving interoperability and fostering mutual understanding between the two navies.

During the exercise both navies will practise maritime security exercises, and anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine warfare techniques while HMAS Darwin will demonstrate Australian Navy damage control and fire-fighting capabilities.

The bilateral exercise between the nations is the seventh iteration of the Mastex series.