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AUSTRALIA and Indonesia have joined forces to con-
duct a Coordinated Maritime Security Patrol.
Although Australia and Indonesia have a long history
of martitime security operations it was the first time a joint
patrol was conducted.
The operation ran from April, 16-27. It focussed on
improving coordinated maritime security between the ADF
and Indonesian Armed Forces, in order to strengthen secu-
rity along shared maritime boundaries.
Each defence force contributed maritime patrol aircraft,
naval vessels and headquarters staff to two task groups.
The ADF supplied HMA Ships Maryborough and Albany
and an AP-3C Orion. The Indonesian Armed Forces pro-
vided corvettes KRI Wiratno and Hasan Basri and an NC-
As well as coordinated enforcement operations, the
patrol included information sharing, interoperability and
search and rescue exercises designed to build confidence
and improve combined operational performance on the
water and in the air.
The success of the Coordinated Maritime Security
Patrol was celebrated by both defence forces during a clos-
ing ceremony at Larrakeyah Barracks.
The Commander Northern Command and Officer in
charge of the ADF Task Group, CDRE David Gwyther was
pleased with the countries' combined maritime efforts.
"Over the past 11 days, Australia and Indonesia have
been operating at sea, on land and in the air together, to
address shared maritime security threats along our exclu-
sive economic zone boundaries," CDRE Gwyther said.
"It sends a message to those who may contemplate
conducting illegal activities in our maritime zones, that
the Indonesian Armed Forces and the ADF are working
together --- so beware," he said.
The Indonesian Eastern Fleet Sea Combat Commander,
CDRE Widodo spoke highly of the combined martitime
"Our Defence Forces made great progress in improving
our communications, information sharing techniques and
maritime security interoperability. It has been a very suc-
cessful activity and a great step forward in the military to
military relationship between our nations," CDRE Widodo
said.Indonesia and Australia are committed to a secure
regional environment and intend to plan for similar activi-
ties in the future to build on the success of this inaugural
Coordinated Maritime Security Patrols.
Neighbours join for
EXERCISE: ABOVE: Indonesian and Australian Navy personnel welcome the crew of HMAS Maryborough
in Kupang Harbour. ABOVE AND INSET: HMAS Maryborough's seaboat crew conducting boarding exer-
cises with Indonesian Warship KRI Wiratno during the first Australian-Indonesian coordinated patrol.
THE CO of HMAS Arunta has used the
launch of the highly anticipated TV series,
The Pacific, to remind VIPs and guests of
the role played by the Royal Australian
Navy in World War II.
Arunta's ship's company hosted the
event during a visit to Newcastle after the
local Prime Television network approached
Navy to host a small group of local VIPs for
a sneak peak at the new series.
CO Arunta CMDR Stephen Bowater
told the gathering of the often-overlooked
but important role played by our Navy in
"When ordinary Australians think back
to this country's role in World War Two
-- particularly the Pacific campaign - they
are likely to hark back to the Anzacs who
fought at Kokoda, the bombings of Darwin,
and those men and women captured in the
fall of Singapore, so many of whom were
later to die in Japanese POW camps," he
said. "These Australians and the legacy
they left behind have made this country the
nation it is today.
"From the outbreak of war until the
cessation of hostilities in August 1945, the
men, women and ships of the RAN served
in every theatre of operations, from the trop-
ical Pacific to the frigid Russian convoys.
"They took part in almost every major
naval battle from the hunting of the
Bismarck, the landings on D Day through
to the savage kamikaze attacks in the
Philippines, in which this ship's predecessor
HMAS Arunta (1) took part and lost three
sailors in action. Arunta and other RAN
ships also took part in the Battle of Okinawa
and of course the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
"Some historians will tell you the Battle
of the Coral Sea was a turning point in the
Pacific campaign. The Royal Australian
Navy's overall contribution to the battle
may not have been as spectacular as that of
the American carriers, but the work done by
the coast watchers, intelligence staff, RAN
cruisers and other support ships and person-
nel all contributed to the final result, not just
at Coral Sea but throughout the Pacific War.
"Whilst Australian's today may scoff at
the fears of a Japanese invasion during 1942
the fact is that for many Australians during
the 1940s that fear was real. The Pacific
region after all, is our backyard.
The RAN paid a heavy price during the
WWII. A total of 2,176 men and women
died during the war. This represents more
than five percent of the peak wartime
strength of the RAN --- 1,740 Australians
died serving in RAN ships."
Arunta urges VIPs
not to forget RAN's
Hugh's puffed out for the Post
NAVAL cadet musician AB Hugh
Gillespie, 14, needed plenty of "puff" for
six renditions of The Last Post at public
and semi-public Anzac functions.
A Brisbane Year 10 student and a
member of the ANC unit TS Paluma,
he's competent with the trumpet but also
plays tuba with a Concert Band.
His first Anzac appearance was at his
school's remembrance before perform-
ing The Last Post at a retirement village
service and on Anzac Day he rose at 0300
to do the Po s t at the Geebung-Zillmere
dawn service before further commitments
at Bald Hills and Aspley and an evening
rendition at the City's Masonic Temple.
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