The RAN’s strong ties with the Indonesian Navy were on display in Jakarta recently, with the crew of HMAS Leeuwin hosting their Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL) counterparts.
During Leeuwin’s port visit to Tanjung Priok, members of the crew’s Hydrographic Department were provided the unique opportunity to host peer-to-peer hydrographic and oceanographic workshops onboard. Some of the ship's company were offered a tour of the Indonesian Hydrographic Office with Leeuwin’s crew returning the favour, briefing Indonesian sailor and officer hydrographic specialists on aspects of Hydrographic Surveying common to both countries.
Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator, Gregory Foster said the visit highlighted the similarities in both training and equipment used by both navies. “It was an intriguing experience,” AB Foster said. “It was particularly valuable to share stories with like-minded personnel from another navy.”
The peer-to-peer activities also helped to establish working relationships with the six Indonesian Navy specialist hydrographic surveyors before they embarked in Leeuwin for the six day passage to Port Klang, Malaysia.