President Rodrigo Duterte visited the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) largest warship, Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Adelaide (LO1) which is docked at a port in Manila on October 10.
HMAS Adelaide (LO1) is in the country with Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin (FFG 04) for a goodwill visit until October 15. Canberra-class LHDs, two warships in class, are the largest warships operated by RAN.
Captain Jonathan Earley is the commanding officer of HMAS Adelaide, while Commander Phillip Andrew Henry is the skipper of HMAS Darwin.
The said Australian warships currently in the country are part of Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Joint Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 launched September 4 and will be on mission until November 26.
Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 focuses on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.
HMAS Adelaide (L01) is the lead ship of the task group which will be joined by different types of frigates and a replenishment ship at various stages of the deployment.
Captain Earley is also the commander of Task Group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.
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