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AUSTRALIA and the
Republic of Indonesia have
strengthened maritime ties
during Exercise Cassowary
2010, a joint naval operation held
From May 8-18.
Named after large flightless birds
found in northern Australian and the
Aru Islands of Indonesia, Cassowary
'10 is a bilateral Indonesian Defence
Force-led combined patrol boat exer-
cise designed to enhance interopera-
bility in maritime operations between
the Indonesian Navy and the RAN.
Two Armidale class patrol boats,
HMA Ships Broome -- ASSAIL TWO
(LCDR Barry Learoyd) -- and Pirie
-- ASSAIL SIX (LCDR Sean Logan) --
undertook a number of activities with
Indonesian patrol boats in Kupang,
Indonesia and Darwin.
One of the key objectives was to
strengthen nation-to-nation ties by
enhancing Australia's military rela-
tionship with Indonesia, which is
essential to our regional security.
"A key part of Australia's national
defence strategy is to promote regional
stability. This is achieved by a number
of means; one of the most important
of which is through exercises like
Cassowary '10," LCDR Learoyd said.
With more than 40 years service
in the RAN, LCDR Learoyd has wit-
nessed great changes to the way Navy
operates in South East Asia.
"It's great to see that we now reg-
ularly interact with other regional
navies," LCDR Learoyd said.
During Cassowary '10 the patrol
boats undertook a number of exercises
in communications, tactical manoeu-
vres, boarding operations, small boat
transfers and damage control.
Not only did these exercises help
build mutual respect and understand-
ing, they also allowed Navy to bench-
mark its seamanship skills.
"Their patrol boats do many of
the same things ours do so, by seeing
them in action, we had the opportu-
nity to see how we stack up," LCDR
LCDR Learoyd said that, while
there was always room for improve-
ment, the skills and enthusiasm dem-
onstrated by ASSAIL TWO and SIX
during Cassowary '10 were first rate
and he felt honoured to lead the exer-
"The efforts of the ships' com-
panies of Broome and Pirie during
Cassowary '10 have helped entrench
our relationship with the Indonesian
Navy. They have also laid the founda-
tion for developing even greater prac-
tical cooperation between our forces
in years to come and I'm looking for-
ward to Cassowary '12."
Mutual respect key to
WE'RE HERE: SMNBM Sean Dean, of HMAS Pirie, throws a heaving line
as the boat comes alongside HMAS Broome in Kupang Harbour, Indonesia
to start Exercise Cassowary 2010.
Photo: LA(PHOT) AJ MacLeod
ON THEIR WAY: HMAS
Broome, seen from HMAS
Pirie, enroute to Indonesia to
take part in Cassowary '10.
Photo: LA(PHOT) AJ MacLeod
SHOW OF FORCE: (Left) Members
of the boarding party from HMAS
Pirie conduct a demonstration board-
ing on board the Indonesian Navy
Vessel KRI Kerapu.
HONING SKILLS: (Right) A board-
ing party from the Indonesian Navy
Vessel KRI Kerapu comes alongside
TEAMWORK: (Far right) Members
of the boarding teams from HMAS
Pirie and KRI Kerapu pose for a
group photograph after boarding
Photos: LA(PHOT) AJ MacLeod
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