Australien/Indonesien – Navy patrol boats undertake joint exercises with Indonesian Navy

Australia and the Republic of Indonesia are strengthening maritime ties as a result of EXERCISE CASSOWARY 2010 (CA10), a joint naval operation between the two countries which started on 8 May 2010.

Exercise Cassowary 2010
HMAS Broome, seen from HMAS Pirie, enroute to Indonesia to take part in Exercise Cassowary 2010
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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CA10 is a bilateral Indonesian Defence Force led combined patrol boat exercise, designed to enhance interoperability in maritime operations between the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) and the RAN.

Two Armidale Class Patrol Boats, HMA Ships Broome (Assail Two) and Pirie (Assail six) have been undertaking a number of maritime activities with the TNI-AL ships KRI Untung Suropati and KRI Kerapu and will arrive in Darwin for the post sea phase part of the exercise on Saturday 15 May.

According to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Broome Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Barry Learoyd RAN, “a key part of Australia’s national strategy for defence is to promote regional stability. This is achieved through a wide variety of measures, one of the most important of which is through exercises like CASSOWARY 2010.”

“By developing an effective military relationship with Indonesia, Australia can strengthen its nation to nation ties, which is essential to our regional security,” said LCDR Learoyd.

During the exercise, which began in Kupang Indonesia, the patrol boats have undertaken a number of exercises in communications, tactical manoeuvres, boarding operations, small boat transfers and damage control.

Until the exercise concludes on 18 May, Darwin will be hosting approximately 100 members of the TNI-AL who will also be visiting a number of local attractions and enjoying its famous hospitality.

According to LCDR Learoyd, the importance of Indonesia as a key strategic partner for Australia has been increasing in recent years. “The RAN enjoys a solid and deepening relationship with the TNI-AL and we are committed to developing even greater practical cooperation between our forces in years to come.”

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia