A successful NEW HORIZON for Sirius and Arunta

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Aidan Barber (author)

Topic(s): HMAS Arunta (F151), HMAS Sirius (A266), Exercise NEW HORIZON

HMAS Sirius seen from KRI Fatahillah underway during replenishment at sea exercises in the Java Sea. (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Sirius seen from KRI Fatahillah underway during replenishment at sea exercises in the Java Sea.

Members of the Australian and Indonesian navies held a triumphant closing ceremony on board HMAS Arunta to mark the successful completion of Exercise NEW HORIZON 2019.

HMA Ships Sirius and Arunta, along with members of Deployable Sea Training Group, spent late November working alongside the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL)) in Surabaya and the Java Sea.

Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander Troy Duggan, said it was a positive experience working with the close regional partners.

“They have certainly made us feel welcome during our time here, and we have made some great friends throughout the exercise,” Commander Duggan said.

“It has been fantastic working with such a professional naval force.”

Exercise NEW HORIZON is the Royal Australian Navy’s key bilateral exercise with the Indonesian Navy and has been held regularly since 1972.

Sirius and Arunta joined the TNI-AL frigate KRI Oswald Siahaan and corvette KRI Fatahillah to form a Task Group of four ships operating together over a four-day period in the Java Sea.

The Task Group was led by the Commanding Officer of Oswald Siahaan, Kolonel Laut Hendro Sugiharto, TNI-AL.

Ships in the Task Group conducted several replenishments-at-sea with Sirius, as well as cooperative boarding exercises and anti-surface warfare manoeuvres against simulated attacks.

The Task Group also conducted a coordinated surface gunnery exercise, with Oswald Siahaan, Arunta, and Fatahillah each bombarding an inflatable surface target, with some fantastic accuracy on display.

Exercise NEW HORIZON marked the end of a successful overseas deployment for Sirius, which had visited several countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Sirius has now returned to Fleet Base West for some well-deserved respite over the Christmas period.

NEW HORIZON was the first overseas deployment for Arunta since undergoing the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Plan (AMCAP) upgrade. The upgrade includes a new communications suite, improved platform systems, and a cutting-edge Air Search Radar developed by Australian company CEA Technologies.

The AMCAP upgrade gives Arunta a significant capability boost, which when combined with the MH-60R helicopter, greatly enhances her anti-air and anti-submarine warfighting capabilities, making Arunta one of the most advanced frigates in the world.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20193135.