The Philippine Navy is forging strong partnerships in the region with its participation in the ongoing Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21), Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity with partner nations.
Aside from the Philippines, the IPE21 also welcomes partners from Malaysia, France, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
A number of foreign military personnel are embarked in Royal Australian Navy ships taking part in IPE21, which continues to strengthen regional and global partnerships.
Around 700 ADF and government personnel have deployed on HMA Ships Canberra and Anzac for the regional engagement exercise, which will take place across Southeast Asia and aims to share ideas, information, and skills.
Lieutenant Chester Ramos of the Philippine Navy is one of the foreign crew members hoping to make the most of his time at sea.
“For me, it’s very exciting to work with other nations, sailing with IPE21 in HMAS Canberra, and learning other cultures,” Lieutenant Ramos said.
Lieutenant Commander Mohn Hafiz Azami of the Royal Malaysian Navy expressed his excitement for the networking opportunities that will arise as a result of his participation in the exercise.
“Working with other regional partners and sailing on board HMAS Canberra increases the level of understanding of operational capabilities for the combined good of the region,” Lieutenant Commander Azami said.
The yearly event was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is back this year with modified engagements, such as virtual workshops, fly-in-fly-out training teams, and at-sea activities.
Despite the fact that the deployment is contactless, Commander IPE21 Commodore Mal Wise indicated that various activities have been planned to ensure meaningful involvement.
“We value this opportunity to work with regional partners in a wide variety of ways during IPE21, including our deputy commander being from the Philippine Navy,” Commodore Wise said.
“IPE is a powerful way for Australia and partner nations to continue to reinforce that a secure, prosperous and inclusive Indo‑Pacific benefits all nations in the region.”