At the welcome ceremony (Source: http://abcnews.go.com)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Two Australian navy vessels - a landing helicopter dock and a guided missile frigate arrived in Manila, the Philippines, on October 10.

Philippine navy officials and Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorley welcomed the crew of the ships, which are part of the Australian defence force joint task group Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

Captain Jonathan Earley said the five-day visit aims to demonstrate Australia’s commitment to supporting regional security and stability.

He added that a number of exercises planned with the Philippine armed forces in Manila and in western Subic Bay will focus on humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Ambassador Gorley said the ship visit is a symbol of the strong defence ties between Australia and the Philippines.

Through joint activities during the visit, the two countries can work together to pursue the common objective of ensuring maritime security and regional stability, she added.-VNA