Three American warships were steamed in the Australian ports for fourteen days after three Chinese naval ships were docked in the port of Sydney.
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, arrived in Sydney on Tuesday with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for a planned port visit.
USS Green Bay and USS Ashland, which are also part of the Wasp amfibious ready group (ARG), are in front of all three ships participating in the latest Talisman Saber exercise in Brisbane.
Three Chinese warships – the Xuchang frigate, the Luoma Hu auxiliary replenishment vessel and the Kunlun Shan landing platform – caught Sydneysiders in surprise when they docked at Garden Island on 3 June.
The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp arrives in Sydney on Tuesday with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for a planned port visit. Two other American warships were docked in Brisbane
Three Chinese warships – the Xuchang frigate (photo), the Luoma Hu aid foreship and the Kunlun Shan landing platform – docked at Garden Island on 3 June
USS Wasp (shown in Sydney) transports aircraft with F-35B stealth strike fighters and SuperCobra and Viper attack helicopters. It is armed with Sea Sparrow rocket launchers
Prime Minister Scott assured the Australians that a four-day stopover had been a routine visit for quite some time.
& # 39; This was an appointment, a mutual visit because Australian naval ships have visited China & # 39 ;, said Morrison.
& # 39; They returned after a drug trafficking operation in the Middle East.
& # 39; That is a further demonstration of the relationship that we have and that has been going on for some time.
& # 39; Maybe it was a surprise for others, but it certainly wasn't a surprise for the government. & # 39;
The ships arrived the day before the 30th anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Sydney, where Chinese troops opened fire on thousands of students protesting.
Mr. Morrison denied that there was a connection between the timing of the two events.
The Xuchang, which visited Sydney, became operational in June 2017. It carries medium-range air defense missiles and anti-submarine missiles.
It is equipped with stealth features, including a sloping hull design and radar-absorbing materials.
Three American warships including USS Wasp (photo) were steamed in the Australian ports
The Chinese docking platform dock Kunlun Shan (photo) was one of three ships to surprise Sydneysiders as they steamed past the opera house on a four-day visit
USS Wasp, commissioned in 1989, has F-35B stealth strike fighters and SuperCobra and Viper attack helicopters. It is armed with weapons including Sea Sparrow rocket launchers.
The Chinese navy has been standing in the South China Sea in recent months, where it was attacked by American warships.
The visiting Wasp group and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit form a flexible self-sustaining crisis response force capable of conducting combat missions, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Together they form the most important American crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.
Captatin Jim McGovern, commander of Amphibious Squadron Eleven, explained the visit to Australia to American ships and marines.
& # 39; This visit gives the Wasp ARG a fantastic opportunity to explore Australia, while also meeting one of our country's strongest partners, who share our values and commitment to peace and security, & # 39; said Captain McGovern.
& # 39; In Sydney and Brisbane, our sailors and marines will have a short breather from our future deployed and busy operational schedule to enjoy these beautiful cities. & # 39;
The visiting Wasp group and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit form the most important American crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region. An F-35B hunter is pictured on USS Wasp
The Chinese navy has continued to assert itself in the South China Sea, where it was challenged by American warships. Chinese staff is depicted on an island on Garden Island
Colonel Robert Brodie, commander of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, said: “It is an absolute privilege for the Marines and sailors of the 31st MEU to receive a warm and welcoming welcome to Australia and the beautiful city of Sydney. & # 39;
& # 39; We are really looking forward to meeting new friends, building positive relationships and enjoying our shared vision of peace and prosperity with our Australian allies. & # 39;
During the visit to Sydney, sailors and marines will participate in various community events and sports competitions, including volleyball and football, as well as tours of the area.
Captain Christopher Herr, commander of the wasp, said the ship would also receive a renowned visitor's reception.
& # 39; Australia is one of the most important countries for US sailors and marines to visit during their careers, and both the Wasp crew and the 31st MEU are enthusiastic and deserve the opportunity to experience this beautiful country, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Our two countries value stability and peace, both at home and globally, and it is a great honor to be ambassadors in this regard. & # 39;
USS Wasp is the flagship of the Wasp amphibious ready group and is deployed in the US 7th Fleet Area of Operations together with the boarded 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Bystanders photograph the arrival of USS Wasp at Fleet Base East in the port of Sydney for a visit to the port on Tuesday afternoon
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