HMA Ships Arunta and Sirius arrived in Surabaya, Indonesia, in November to a warm welcome that included a traditional dance performance at the Jamrud Utara wharf and an opening ceremony at the Indonesian Navy’s Second Fleet Command.
The ships were participating in Exercise NEW HORIZON, the Royal Australian Navy’s key bilateral exercise with the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL)).
The exercise, which has been held regularly since 1972, included replenishments at sea, anti-surface warfare, gunnery and cooperative maritime security operations.
Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander Troy Duggan, said he was excited to participate in Exercise NEW HORIZON with close regional partners.
“Australia and Indonesia share a strong bond as well as many common interests, and I am happy for this opportunity to strengthen our interoperability and create firm friendships between our two nations,” Commander Duggan said.
The opening of the exercise was marked with an official reception, hosted on board Arunta, and attended by Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, Commander Australian Fleet, and Mr Chris Barnes, the Australian Consul-General Surabaya.
The Indonesian guest of honour was Laksamana Pertama (Commodore) Iwan Isnurwanto, Chief of Staff, Second Fleet Command, TNI-AL.
Commander Melanie Verho, Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius, said her ship’s company were pleased to participate in the exercise, as they neared the end of their deployment.
“We were very excited to operate with our Indonesian partners, and were grateful for their warm welcome and generous hospitality,” Commander Verho said.
Arunta and Sirius were part of a contingent of 11 ships and more than 1000 personnel across two task groups that visited partners in North and South Asia for multinational exercises and regional engagement activities.
Arunta’s arrival in Surabaya marked the beginning of the first overseas deployment for the newly upgraded Anzac class frigate, which recently completed the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade.
The upgrade included the installation of a new communications suite, improved platform systems, and a cutting-edge Air Search Radar developed by Australian company CEA Technologies, and will be replicated in the remaining seven frigates of the Anzac class over several years.
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