Friday, April 1, 2016

Australian and Indonesian navies hone skills

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Wollongong in formation with Indonesian Naval vessels, KRI Samapri and KRI Layang, before entering Darwin Harbour on conclusion of Exercise Cassowary. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Darwin March 24, 2016 - Australian and Indonesian patrol boats have successfully completed Exercise CASSOWARY in the waters off Darwin.
The Australian Armidale class patrol boat, HMAS Wollongong, joined two Indonesian patrol boats, KRI Sampari and KRI Layang, maritime surveillance, security and interdiction operations scenarios between 21 – 24 March.
Commanding Officer Wollongong, Lieutenant Commander Scott Wilson, said the annual exercise was an important training activity for the two navies.
“We rehearsed combined maritime surveillance patrols and tested our core mariner skills,” Lieutenant Commander Wilson said.
“This involved everything from communication and safety drills through to boarding operations.
“Conducting regular exercises with our colleagues from the Indonesian Navy is important as it enhances our ability to operate together. 
"It’s also a great chance for us to build friendships and undertake professional exchanges.”
Lieutenant Commander Wilson said it was a significant exercise on the training calendar because of Australia’s long maritime border with Indonesia and the mutual and abiding interest in the security and stability of shared maritime domains. 
Exercise CASSOWARY is an annual event with the location alternating between the two countries.  
The Royal Australian Navy and Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (or Indonesian Navy) conduct several exercises with a maritime security focus, including CASSOWARY and Exercise NEW HORIZON as well as annual Coordinated Maritime Security Patrols. 

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