Cooperation was heightened, abilities strengthened and relationships deepened as Train Malabar drew collectively Australian, Japanese, Indian and United States forces for high-end warfighting coaching. The Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Arunta represented Australia, together with the auxiliary oiler HMAS Stalwart, Collins-class submarine HMAS Farncomb and a Royal Australian Air Pressure P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane. The twenty sixth iteration of the annual train, carried out off the coast of Japan in November, was the third time all 4 nations had participated collectively.

Train Malabar included the total spectrum of maritime operations from joint planning, communications and replenishments at sea, by way of to anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. Arunta operated as a part of a floor motion group with Japan Maritime Self-Protection Pressure (JMSDF) destroyer JS Hyuga and auxiliary oiler JS Oumi, Indian Navy Kamorta-class anti-submarine stealth frigate INS Kamorta, US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Milius and Nimitz-class plane service USS Ronald Reagan. The train noticed Arunta’s MH-60R helicopter Athena defend the ship towards sub-surface threats by looking Farncomb and a JMSDF submarine.


HMAS Arunta (proper) breaks away from a duel Replenishment at Sea throughout Train Malabar 2022. (Picture by LSIS Susan Mossop/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

The remainder of Arunta’s crew examined their abilities and techniques by defending towards threats from above, participating airborne targets in mixed anti-air workouts. Maritime abilities have been additionally enhanced with a twin replenishment at sea, which noticed Arunta and Milius concurrently obtain gas from Oumi whereas underway, as Kamorta waited astern for its flip to refuel. Understanding between taking part forces was additionally improved by way of cross-decking alternatives and built-in operations. Athena landed on Ronald Reagan and Hyuga, whereas Arunta’s crew skilled service operations when Arunta served because the plane service’s horizon reference unit and airplane guard.

Arunta additionally hosted an Indian Navy lieutenant, who spent per week embedded on board as a part of Arunta’s ships firm. The train culminated in a ‘Warfare at sea’ day the place all individuals put to make use of what they’d practised. The exercise allowed the 4 associate navies to reinforce mutual understanding whereas practising high-end warfighting. Arunta Commanding Officer Commander Jason McBain mentioned the train was an ideal alternative to work with associate nations to enhance interoperability and display Australia’s dedication to the Indo-Pacific area. HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) is an Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The ship, named for the Arrernte individuals, was laid down in 1995 and commissioned in 1998.