Australia’s close maritime relationship with Indonesia was highlighted recently, with the country’s Chief of Navy, Admiral Ade Supandi paying a visit to Sydney.
Admiral Ade Supandi travelled to the joint ADF Diving School at HMAS Penguin and the Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide berthed at Garden Island, Sydney, before holding Navy to Navy talks with his Australian counterpart, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.
Admiral Barrett said the visit was an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual importance and to showcase some of the latest in Australian mine warfare training and amphibious capability.
“Our relationship with the Indonesian Navy has, and always will be important due to our shared maritime border and commitment to peace and stability in the region,” he said.
“It’s a friendship based on practical cooperation in areas such as maritime security, peacekeeping, counter terrorism, humanitarian and disaster relief and intelligence cooperation.”
The Australian and Indonesian military relationship dates back to the 1940’s when Australian observers were deployed to monitor the truce between the Netherlands and Indonesia.
In recent times the navies of both countries have worked together in exercises and operations such as Exercise Cassowary focused on mass Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the AUSINDO Coordinated Patrol targeting illegal foreign fishing in the shared jurisdictional zones in the waters north of Australia.
“This week’s visit by Admiral Ade Supandi reaffirms our commitment to the bilateral defence relationship and we look forward to continuing to strengthen and deepen the ways in which we cooperate,” Admiral Barrett said.