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Philippine, Oz navies up co-op via IPE21

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An Australian Naval Captain (left) and a Philippine Navy personnel aboard the HMAS Canberra III look out to sea at the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) in the distance. AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY

Philippine, Oz navies up co-op via IPE21

The Philippine and Australian navies were seen to boost interoperability this week as they take part in the Indo Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21), an annual Australian Defence Force exercise with partners across the region and Southeast Asia.

Three Australian Navy ships – HMAS Canberra III, Anzac and Sirus – arrived at the Manila harbour on September 26 for a three-day stopover, the Philippine Navy said in a statement.

The Australian IPE21 contingent will hold “various cooperative activities and at-sea interactions, including workshops, seminars, and other virtual exchanges” during its stay in the Philippine capital.

Before reaching Manila on September 26, the Australian IPE21 ships held a series of exercises with the Philippine Navy’s BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) off Cabra Island.

The three-month IPE21 deployment came as Australia forged a new security pact with the US and UK centred on the Indo-Pacific region.

The IPE21 launched in late August and involved at least 700 people, including Australian defence and civilian personnel, and participants from partner nations.

Three Philippine Navy officers took part in the IPE21, with Captain Constancio Reyes as the task group’s deputy commander. He was joined by Lieutenant Chester Ian Ramos and Ensign Stacy Kaye Villanueva.

The Philippine Navy said its participation in IPE21 demonstrated its unwavering commitment and steadfast dedication to promoting regional cooperation and strengthening ties with other nations’ navies.

“We value this opportunity to work with our friends and partners in the region to enhance our interoperability, improve our coordination, and reinforce our shared commitment to a stable region,” said IPE21 task group commander Commodore Mal Wise.

PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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