Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate, HMAS Perth, arrived in Colombo on Sunday 19 June 2016 for a five day goodwill visit. Whilst in Sri Lanka, sailors from Perth will practice boarding and anti-narcotic operations with the Sri Lanka Navy and undertake several professional, sporting, social and charity activities to build on the friendship and engagement between the Australian and Sri Lanka navies.
HMAS Perth left from her home port in Western Australia on 7 June 2016 and, after departing Colombo, will be assigned to the 31-nation Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the north-western Indian Ocean.
During this deployment, Perth may undertake missions involving counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and theatre security cooperation/regional engagements, as part of the Australian Defence Force Contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the north-western Indian Ocean / Middle East region.
Perth’s departure will mark the 63rd rotation of Royal Australian Navy ship to the region since 1990. Perth will relieve HMAS Darwin on operations. (Media Release)