Korea/Australia – First Korean-Australian joint anti-submarine exercise conducted

Korean and Australian navies held a two-day joint military drill, which the two countries had agreed to regularly hold once a year, to further enhance their joint anti-submarine operations capabilities.

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This bilateral maritime exercise, which was code-named „Haedori-Wallaby“ after the nicknames of Korean and Australian naval forces, was conducted in waters northeast of Jeju Island on May 28-29 for the first time in history.

Three naval vessels, including the Australian escort ship Ballarat and ROKS Sejong the Great destroyer, and a P-3 maritime patrol plane and a Lynx anti-submarine helicopter took part in the drill.

The exercise was aimed to improve substantive joint tactical operations abilities consisting of antisubmarine combat, a submarine pursuit, tactical maneuvers and a maritime interception, to skill up tactical command and control procedures and to check mutual operability of equipment.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat Commander Jonathan Earley and his crew had an exciting time during their stay in S. Korea with those of the Sejong the Great warship, such as paying a visit to the U.N. Memorial Cemetery, visiting historic sites and joining community services, to improve mutual understanding between the two navies.

Ministry of National Defense[MND], Republic of Korea