Royal Australian Navy joins China in live fire exercise

The Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy Frigate HMAS War­ra­munga has suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed the first live fir­ing exer­cise of its kind with the Chi­nese Navy off the coast of Chi­na.

HMAS Warramunga’s Com­mand­ing Offi­cer, Com­man­der Bruce Legge said the shoot at set tar­gets pro­vid­ed his crew with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to hone their skills with a region­al partner. 

“We have recent­ly come from anoth­er major region­al exer­cise Kakadu off the north­ern Aus­tralian coast,” Com­man­der Legge said. 

“While we are used to oper­at­ing with oth­er nations from our region, this is the first time we have under­tak­en such a com­plex exer­cise with the Chi­nese and we are look­ing for­ward to build­ing on this experience.” 

HMAS War­ra­munga will con­tin­ue exer­cis­ing with the PLA‑N over the next week. The evo­lu­tions will include joint heli­copter oper­a­tions, search and res­cue drills and per­son­nel exchanges. 

The Chief of Navy Vice Admi­ral Russ Crane AO, CSM, RAN says this is one of the most com­plex exer­cis­es the RAN has ever held with the People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (Navy).

“The RAN wel­comes the con­struc­tive con­tri­bu­tions that the People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (Navy) has made to region­al secu­ri­ty to date,” said Vice Admi­ral Crane. 

“Aus­tralia is com­mit­ted to devel­op­ing strong and pos­i­tive defence rela­tions with Chi­na that help con­tribute to region­al stability.” 

“This is diplo­ma­cy at its best,” Com­man­der Legge said. 

”There is noth­ing more effec­tive than work­ing close­ly togeth­er in a mil­i­tary exer­cise to build trust and friend­ship between Navies and nations.” 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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