Spirit on show for Indonesian visit

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Glenn Ritchie during HMAS Darwin's Indigenous Dance Group performance for guests during an event in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Glenn Ritchie during HMAS Darwin's Indigenous Dance Group performance for guests during an event in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Australian Navy continues to build relationship in the Pacific, with a team of Indigenous dancers providing a highlight of a recent port visit to Indonesia.

HMAS Darwin departed Jakarta, Indonesia, last month following a three day visit to Australia's northern neighbours.

The visit was a feature for diplomacy in the region, with sporting, social and cultural exchanges putting Australian spirit on show.

"It’s been a long time since an Australian Navy ship has visited Jakarta, so the importance of the occasion was not lost on the crew," Darwin’s Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry said.

"Everyone played a part in ensuring all planned events ran smoothly and our guests felt welcome.

"They can all feel justifiably proud of the way they have represented both the Australian Navy and Australians."

While alongside in Jakarta, Darwin’s crew conducted tours of their ship for members of the Indonesian Navy and their families, as well as students from a local school.

Darwin also hosted an official reception with the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Paul Grigson, along with a wide range of embassy staff from other nations with a presence in Indonesia.

The evening culminated in a special Ceremonial Sunset, commenced with a performance from Darwin’s indigenous members of ship's company.