Australien – Navy’s premiere ship deploys to strengthen maritime ties

International maritime ties will be strengthened with Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle departing Garden Island, Sydney today for Japan, Canada and the US (Hawaii).

HMAS Newcastle
Source: Royal Australian Navy

Newcastle set sail for Yokosuka, Japan to exercise with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Forces in exercise Nichi Go Trident, a combined maritime exercise aimed at enhancing the two Navies‘ ability to work together during maritime coalition operations.

Following Nichi Go Trident, Newcastle will transit to Esquimalt, Canada in company with Ships Te Kaha and Endeavour, to join up to 25 nations from the Indo-Pacific region at the Canadian Navy Centennial International Fleet Review.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Newcastle, Commander Justin Jones, says the ship is proud to represent the Royal Australian Navy at the Canadian Navy’s International Fleet Review.

„The event provides a forum for us to engage with international navies and discuss international maritime security issues,“ Commander Jones said.

From Canada, Newcastle will passage to Hawaii with a multinational Task Group led by the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, before joining ships from across the Pacific for Exercise RIMPAC 10.

Earlier this month, Newcastle was awarded the Gloucester Cup by the Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, which recognised the ship as being the foremost fleet unit in all aspects of operations, safety, seamanship, reliability and unit level training.

Newcastle was also presented with the Spada Shield, which recognises the surface combatant foremost in operations, safety, reliability, warfare and unit level training, and the Australia Cup for excellence in marine engineering.

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