The Australian warship was followed closely by the Chinese military in a recent transit of the South China Sea.
Air Commodore Richard Owen told local broadcaster ABC that the Australian Task Group made two transits through the South China Sea:
“It is controversial, we were quite aware of that. We transited north and south through the South China Sea in international waters and we were engaged, as we normally are, by other navies.
They’ll want to know who we are, where we’re going and what our intentions are, and the Chinese were no different — they were friendly, they were professional.”
Last year the ABC also revealed three Australian warships were also challenged by the Chinese military as they made their way to Vietnam.