Success visit strengthens Aus-Indo relations

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT David Roberts (author and photographer)

Location(s): Jakarta

Topic(s): HMAS Success (OR 304), Exercise KOMODO

 (photo: LEUT David Roberts)

The relationship between the Royal Australian and Republic of Indonesia navies continues to strengthen following a series of regional engagements between the two nations, the most recent being a port visit to Jakarta by HMAS Success.

Kolonel Laut Eko Wahyono of Main Naval Base III Jakarta was on the wharf to personally greet the ship's company of HMAS Success. A local troupe also performed a traditional Indonesian dance.

Head of Medicine at Main Naval Base III Jakarta, Letkol Laut dr Iswanto, spoke at the welcome ceremony stressing the importance of the relationship between the two navies.

"I wish you well for your short visit to Jakarta and hope you enjoy our city," he said.

Commanding Officer of Success, Commander Michael Letts, said the visit recognised the growing regional partnership between Indonesia and Australia.

"The Australian and Indonesian navies share a long history," Commander Letts said.

"The recent exercises involving our navies highlight the strong relationship our neighbouring countries have and our ability to operate together as two professional forces."

In April, the Australian and Indonesian navies united to patrol the exclusive economic zones located between the two nations for illegal fishing.

Australia's Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mike Noonan, also visited Indonesia in April for Exercise KOMODO - a maritime exercise involving 23 nations including Australia.

Success has been preparing for this deployment since May and the visit to Jakarta was the first opportunity that the ship's company had to take leave.

Success is now en-route to Singapore where she will take part in more regional engagements and relationship building activities.

The Royal Australian Navy Battle Tanker will return to Darwin in September for Exercise KAKADU - the premier Navy international engagement activity for 2016.