Australian, PHL navy ships conduct PASSEX

Philippine Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships have conducted passing exercises (PASSEX) in Sulu, the Royal Australian Navy said on March 15.

“HMA ships Anzac and Sirius have completed two separate passage exercises with vessels from the Philippine Navy as part of a two-month deployment throughout the north-east Indian Ocean and South-East Asia,” RAN said.

The first PASSEX was with Philippine Navy Jose Andrada-class patrol boat BRP Juan Magluyan (PC-392).

The second PASSEX was with Jacinto-class corvette BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35).

“The Philippines and Australia have a long-held Defence partnership and it was an honour to be welcomed by and exercise with the Philippine Navy,” Anzac commanding officer Commander Brendan Horn said. “We were able to demonstrate our interoperability through communication, navigation and various ship handling routines.”

“We will continue to look for opportunities to work closely together in support of our shared commitment to an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” he added.