Four warships combine off Sydney to exercise maritime power.

Sydney was the staging base for a multinational Navy training exercise.

Exercise Pacific Vanguard combined ships from Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States with Australia fin the training exercise.

Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Brett Meyers (centre) mans the helm as HMAS Brisbane
departs Fleet Base East in Sydney for Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Image Aus DoD

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond hosted Exercise Pacific Vanguard in Australian waters for the first time in the exercise’s history.

Exercising coordinated patrols, information exchange and missile firings provides confidence that we can work together as a combined force to protect our region in an increasingly complex strategic environment,” said Rear Admiral Hammond.

It is vitally important that we continue to take advantage of these multinational training opportunities during the global pandemic.”

HMAS Brisbane is the Australian warship participating in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Commanding Officer Commander Aaron Cox said the exercise has given the crew another opportunity to interact with other Navies.

This exercise provided an opportunity to train with our new and advanced weapons systems that can combine with other nations in the force,” said Commander Cox.

Opportunities like this allow us to hone our skills, so that integrating with other Navies in our region becomes routine,” he said.