As well as the soft sell, the rare foray into Australian waters – Sutherland is the first RN visitor since HMS Daring in 2013 – has permitted some rare combined training for the two navies, who operate side-by-side in the Gulf and Indian Ocean.

Sutherland’s passage from Melbourne to Sydney through the Bass Strait coincided with the RAN’s largest exercise of the year, Ocean Explorer.

In the strait, Sutherland joined up with the tanker Sirius, frigate Parramatta and the Australian flagship, helicopter/amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra.

Sutherland is expected to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday 8 March).

Images courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.