Three Royal Australian Navy ships have concluded their three-month East Asia deployment.
Air warfare destroyer HMA Ships Hobart (DDG 39), Stuart (FFH 53) and Parramatta (FFH 54) have returned to their home base of Garden Island, Sydney.
The ships were the lead element of a Navy Task Group comprising a total of 11 vessels.
During the course of the deployment, the ships took part in bilateral and multinational exercises and contributed to strengthening the relationship with Australia’s partner nations.
This included participating in the Pacific Vanguard maritime exercise off the coast of Guam.
The deployment began in September and marked the first operational deployment for HMAS Hobart, the lead ship of the Hobart class of AWDs.
Task Group commander captain Andrew Quinn said: “Over the past several months, our navy people have generated presence in the East Asian region and conducted complex exercises with our partners.
“This has built on our respective operational skillsets and furthered our ability to work together to help keep the region secure.
“HMAS Hobart served as the host ship for the embarked Maritime Task Group Command team at sea, demonstrating the new RAN Destroyers capability to fulfil this role.”
The Task Group’s ships participated in activities in the US, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Indonesia.
HMAS Hobart Commanding Officer commander Ryan Gaskin said: “This deployment has been a real test of our preparation for and readiness to deliver destroyer capability and is the culmination of two years of hard work.”