Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE), one of Australia’s key regional engagement activities, returns to Southeast Asia and the Northeast Indian Ocean from September to November this year, visiting a record 14 countries in this iteration.

IPE 2022 will see engagements with the Maldives, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

These engagements are supported by an Australian Defence Force Maritime Task Unit of Royal Australian Navy ships and embarked Army members as well as Royal Australian Air Force air mobility aircraft for fly-in-fly-out engagements, marking a total composition of 1800 personnel, five ships and 11 helicopters.

IPE began in 2017 as an annual activity coordinated by the Australian Defence Force to deliver on the promise of the 2016 Defence White Paper to strengthen Australia’s engagement and partnerships with regional security forces.

Aiming to promote security and stability in Australia’s near region through bilateral and multilateral engagement, training and capacity building. Australia is committed to making effective contributions to humanitarian and security efforts in the region.

Australia’s vision for the Indo-Pacific is a region that is secure, open, prosperous and resilient.

I am incredibly fortunate to continue a second year as Commander of Indo-Pacific Endeavour. After fulfilling and successful engagements in 2021, I’m excited about strengthening existing partnerships and laying the foundations for 2023 and beyond.

IPE21 achieved positive results through contactless, virtual engagements with key government and military leaders, proving that Australia and our partners can continue to strengthen our relationships no matter the challenges.

IPE22 will take place in a more regular and open environment that will allow participants to take part in visits ashore, guests to be welcomed on board our ships, and collaborative activities between our militaries, government agencies and friends.

We look forward to returning to this region that is so important to Australia and continuing to deepen our friendships with our neighbours and partners.

Commodore Mal Wise AM, RAN