Australia’s signature joint training exercise with the Singapore Armed Forces, Exercise Trident, is underway in Queensland. Exercise Trident runs from 23 September to 3 October at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area and involves more than 1,600 personnel from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Singapore Armed Forces.
Royal Australian Navy Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) HMAS Adelaide will join Republic of Singapore Navy vessels RSS Persistence and RSS Endurance to project a significant landing force ashore for the exercise. Singapore has conducted military training in Australia for more than 30 years, supporting both of our armed forces, and providing significant economic opportunities for Australia.
These exercises help support the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Australia and Singapore, who are jointly developing key training areas in Queensland under the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative.
HMAS Adelaide, the first LHD to participate in the exercise, recently deployed from its homeport of Sydney and will return home in December.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles said: “Australia is proud to count Singapore as one of its closest partners. Our defence relationship is characterised by trust and friendship, underpinned by our shared commitment to the region. Exercise Trident enables us to deepen our military-to-military ties and shows how closely we can work together when it counts.”