The Australian Navy vessel HMAS Anzac is in Mauritius to pay tribute to those who fought for the Australian navy during the First and second World Wars and also to commemorate the 100 years of World War One.
A delegation comprised of the Navy crew headed by Captain Malcolm K.M Wise, OAM, RAN Frigate Group Capability Manager for The Royal Australian Navy, accompanied by the Australian High Commissioner in Mauritius, Mrs Susan Coles, paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on 17th July at the Treasury Building in Port Louis, reports the Mauritius Government Information Service (GIS).
Discussions also focused on reinforcing cooperation between Australia and Mauritius in the field of maritime security as well as developing further shared interests in the preservation of the natural resources and improving security in the Indian Ocean, the GIS said.
HMAS Anzac participated in a service for approximately 40 Australian-Mauritians who fought in the First World War. Captain Wise paid respects to Navy personnel lost during the Second World War.
He also spoke of the forthcoming Sea Power global symposium to be held in Sydney in October which will serve as an opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy to promote the importance of maritime trade and naval power to Australia’s physical, environmental and economic well-being and security.
Coles, reiterated the support of Australia in various sectors of the Mauritian economy ranging from the ocean economy, education to maritime piracy.
Anzac departed Sydney in March, and has transited the Southern and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea, Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and the North and South Atlantic en route to Mauritius, according to the Royal Australian Navy.
HMAS Anzac has represented Australia at Centenary of Anzac events in the Sea of Marmara, Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Italy, Malta and South Africa, along with D-Day commemorations at Normandy.
To commemorate the 100 years of Anzac events, other activities organised by the Australian embassy comprised of a Women in Uniform mentoring session, providing an opportunity to share experiences between uniformed women from both nations. The members of Anzac’s crew also participated in a sporting day with the Mauritius Coast Guard.