Australia and Indonesia unite to patrol fisheries

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Darwin

Topic(s): HMAS Glenelg (P96), HMAS Bathurst (P85), AUSINDO CORPAT

Indonesian Security Task Force Eastern Fleet, Commodore Nyoman Sudihartawan, presents Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Peter Laver, RAN, with a gift during the AUSINDO CORPAT 2017 closing ceremony at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Indonesian Security Task Force Eastern Fleet, Commodore Nyoman Sudihartawan, presents Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Peter Laver, RAN, with a gift during the AUSINDO CORPAT 2017 closing ceremony at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin.

A joint operation between the Australian Defence Force and Indonesian Armed Forces to stop illegal fishing and improve regional security has concluded in Darwin.

The coordinated maritime patrol AUSINDO CORPAT 2017 began in Benoa, Bali on 27 May and covered waters between Australia and Indonesia over a 10 day period.

The combined operation targeted the unlawful exploitation of natural resources with a focus on illegal fishing along the shared maritime boundary.

Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Peter Laver said the operation had significantly contributed to regional security and enhanced each country’s ability to fight illicit activity in their shared maritime domains.

“As neighbours in a dynamic region, Australia and Indonesia’s defence relationship is vital. We have a mutual and abiding interest in the security and stability of waters between our countries and the free movement of trade and investment through these domains,” Rear Admiral Laver said.

“We recognise the importance of working together to support regional security and to promote a peaceful, prosperous and rules-based regional order.”

Exercises were conducted by the two nations’ defence forces over five days in the lead up to AUSINDO CORPAT. 

Armidale class patrol boats, HMA Ships Bathurst and Glenelg, and an Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft took part from Australia. The Indonesian Armed Forces contributed two naval vessels, KRI Hiu and Pandrong, and a maritime patrol aircraft.

This was the seventh iteration of AUSINDO CORPAT.