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2 Australian navy ships on goodwill visit to Philippines

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Two Australian vessels, including a helicopter dock that's the country's biggest ship, have arrived in the for a five-day visit as seeks an increased security presence and greater influence in the region.

Her Majesty's Australian Ship Adelaide, a landing helicopter dock, and HMAS Darwin, a guided missile frigate, docked today in

Philippine officials and Australia's ambassador to the Philippines, Amanda Gorley, welcomed crew members from the

Gorley said the visit's primary focus is maritime security and stability as well as disaster response.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday that a policy paper to be released later this year would spell out guidelines on how can maximize and exercise power and influence to defend a rules-based international order that is under stress.

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First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 15:48 IST