Indonesia in focus as LHD visits Jakarta

This article has photo gallery Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer), Unknown (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), HMAS Toowoomba (F156), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Indonesian military personnel watch as HMAS Adelaide comes alongside Tanjung Priok in Jakarta during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: Unknown)
Indonesian military personnel watch as HMAS Adelaide comes alongside Tanjung Priok in Jakarta during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.

HMAS Adelaide has left Jakarta after a two-day visit, building on relationships, as part of a multi-ship Australian Defence Force deployment across the region.

Adelaide is both an amphibious assault ship and designed to provide medical and humanitarian assistance during regional emergencies with a 40-bed hospital, complete with two operating theatres. Her 200 metre flight-deck can carry up to 12 helicopters. More than 100 vehicles and 7,000 tonnes of cargo can be stored inside.

Adelaide is leading a task group of six ships which are currently spread across the region, visiting Australia’s Asian neighbours. The activity, called Indo Pacific Endeavour 17, is designed to enhance and develop strong positive relations with regional militaries through both dialogue and practical activities.

The visit built on recent bilateral co-operation between the Australian Defence Force and the Indonesian military forces on Exercise NUSA BHAKTI - a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise in Darwin less than a week earlier.

Once in Jakarta, the close relationship was again on display with Adelaide playing host to a variety of Indonesian guests who were impressed by the ship’s capabilities. Commanding Officer Captain Jon Earley also took the opportunity to call in at the main naval base in Jakarta.

“We chose to visit Indonesia at the beginning of our mission because both our countries have a strategic interest in ensuring maritime security and maintaining a stable region,” Captain Earley said.

“These deployments are important in maintaining a strong relationship between our two nations.”

Adelaide was accompanied to Jakarta by the Anzac class frigate HMAS Toowoomba. Both ships are now on their way to Malaysia.