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August 18, 2011
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
HMAS Stirling has hosted multiple regional visi-
tors with Malaysian/Australian Navy talks and
the inaugural ASEAN Defence Ministerial Plus
(ADMM-Plus) Maritime Security Experts' Working
Group meeting both occurring in Western Australia
The Malaysian/Australian Navy talks, headed by
the Royal Malaysian Navy's RADM Dato' Musa bin
Omar, were held over two days at Stirling and cov-
ered such topics as training cooperation, the bilateral
maritime exercise program, and submarine escape and
rescue cooperation. Views on regional strategic issues
in the maritime
domain were also
Tours of HMAS
provided a solid
tunities and techni-
travelled from 16
of the 18 ADMM-
Plus nations, with
only Russia and
Burma unable to
Discussions were reinforced in the Australian
context when the ADMM-Plus delegates toured
Fremantle's port facilities and HMAS Warramunga.
Director General Navy Capability and Plans CDRE
Vince Di Pietro was one of the hosts and said relation-
ship building with regional neighbours was important.
"Bilateral and multilateral fora such as these meet-
ings are a key element in Australia's regional engage-
ment strategy," he said.
"Our region must ensure a collective and collabora-
tive approach to protecting how we use the sea, rec-
ognising its value as a medium for transportation and
communication, as well as an environmental resource."
By Graham McBean
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith
urged greater cooperation for region-
al maritime solutions at the inaugural
ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting-
Plus (ADMM-Plus) on July 21.
Mr Smith said a key task of the
Maritime Security 'Experts' Working
Group of the ADMM-Plus was to fos-
ter a positive and constructive dialogue
to improve maritime cooperation in the
He encouraged participants at the
inaugural working group to discuss
regional challenges and approaches to
maritime security in the Asia-Pacific.
The Defence Minister said the
ADMM-Plus offered real opportunities
for practical military-to-military and
defence cooperation, including disaster
relief and humanitarian assistance.
As a maritime nation, he said
Australia was particularly interested in
the need and the potential for regional
cooperation in maritime security.
"The key task for the ADMM-Plus
Experts' Working Group is to foster
a positive and constructive dialogue
to improve maritime cooperation in
the region and help address maritime
security challenges as they emerge,"
Mr Smith said.
The ADMM-Plus includes all
ASEAN nations with the further inclu-
sion of Australia, China, India, Japan,
New Zealand, the Republic of Korea,
Russia and the United States.
The Maritime Security Experts'
Working Group was co-chaired by
Australia and Malaysia.
Mr Smith said the Asia-Pacific
would become the centre for eco-
nomic, political, military and strategic
He said the US had underpinned
that stability and the Asia-Pacific
region had prospered because of that
"We must recognise that the mari-
time security environment in this
region underpins our aspirations for
further economic growth," he said.
"For many participants in this
working group, our national security
is linked closely to maritime security.
"As well, our national prosperity is
linked to the security and stability of
the oceans, seas and straits."
Mr Smith said that emerging, non-
traditional security challenges such
as piracy, terrorism and transnational
crime also needed to be addressed by
regional security architecture.
The full address is available at www.
then navigate to statements by Mr Smith
in 'archives by subject'.
Minister urges regional cooperation
Stirling hosts VIPs
PROUD: HMAS Warramunga's
XO LCDR Grant White shows
ADMM-Plus delegates around
the ship. Photo: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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