Indonesia and Australia complete patrol boat exercise

Defence ties between Aus­tralia and Indone­sia con­tin­ue to strength­en with the con­clu­sion of the bien­ni­al patrol boat exer­cise CASSOWARY.

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(L-R) Ten­tara Nasion­al Indone­sia (Indone­sian Armed Forces) naval ves­sels KRI Kakap and KRI Ton­gol sail from Dar­win Har­bour in for­ma­tion with HMA Ships Lar­rakia and Ararat for Exer­cise CASSOWARY 2012.
Source: Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence
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Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy Armi­dale Class Patrol Boats HMA Ships Ararat and Lar­rakia joined with Indone­sian Armed Forces patrol boats KRI Kakap and KRI Tongkol for the exer­cise off Dar­win.

Offi­cer Con­duct­ing the Exer­cise, Com­modore Brad­don Wheel­er, said CASSOWARY pro­vid­ed an oppor­tu­ni­ty for skills devel­op­ment between the two nations and the exchange of ideas.

“By reg­u­lar­ly work­ing togeth­er and shar­ing ideas, our Navies devel­op their team­work to bet­ter pro­tect our shared mar­itime inter­ests.

CASSOWARY fea­tured a num­ber of prac­ti­cal activ­i­ties includ­ing sim­u­lat­ed coor­di­nat­ed patrols, board­ing par­ty pro­ce­dures, safe­ty of life at sea and search and res­cue exer­cis­es,” Com­modore Wheel­er said.

“It helped build on mar­itime secu­ri­ty coop­er­a­tion between Aus­tralia and Indone­sia and pro­vid­ed insights into how each Navy does busi­ness.”

CASSOWARY built on the recent suc­cess of joint Aus­tralian-Indone­sian coor­di­nat­ed mar­itime secu­ri­ty patrol, AUSINDO CORPAT 2012 and was con­duct­ed in par­al­lel with minor war ves­sel exer­cise TRITON THUNDER 01–12.

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