Sailors and officers from HMA Ships Sirius and Arunta donned extra-long skis, jumped into sacks and joined hands with their Indonesian Navy counterparts to participate in traditional games and sport in Surabaya, Indonesia, ahead of joint maritime exercises.
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 sports day was full of laughter and cooperation, as Australian and Indonesian Navy personnel combined to undertake traditional Indonesian team-building activities, including Bakiak (five-person ski racing), Balap Karung (sack racing) and Tarik Tambang (tug of war).
Bakiak in particular required close teamwork between all personnel to coordinate moving forward together, with great success achieved, and fun had by all.
Arunta’s Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Matthew Rowe said it was great to see Australians and Indonesians having fun and working together in effective teams.
“Our Indonesian colleagues have put on some great events for us today,” he said.
“These games and sports are a great way to build teamwork and create friendships by trying something different.”
The intensity went up a gear with Royal Australian Navy and Indonesian Navy personnel competing against each other in a friendly soccer match.
Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander Troy Duggan, scored an absolute screamer in the corner of the net to give the Australians an early lead, before the TNI-AL team equalised and scored another goal toward the end of the match, winning the game 2-1.
Following the sports day, Sirius and Arunta took part in the sea phase of Exercise NEW HORIZON, which has been held regularly since 1972.
Sirius and Arunta are part of a contingent of 11 ships and more than 1000 personnel across two task groups that have been visiting partners in North and South Asia for multinational exercises and regional engagement activities.
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