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May 27, 2010
FOR the first time in Navy's history, a ship has
been boarded by members of the Indonesian
Navy after it was suspected of containing illegally-
According to the CO of ASSAIL SIX, LCDR Sean
Logan (embarked in HMAS Pirie), his ship was
forced to stop after two rounds from KRI Untung
Suropati landed 50 metres off her starboard quarter.
"I thought we would get away with it. I had no idea
Australia was passing intelligence to the Indonesians
about our activities, resulting in the interception of my
ship," LCDR Logan said.
After stopping, a boarding party from KRI Untung
Suropati was despatched and quickly took control of
Pirie, detaining the crew and confiscating the cargo.
Although this incident was a simulation, part of
Ex Cassowary '10, Pirie was used to help create a
realistic scenario for the Indonesian Navy to practise
their boarding party skills.
With the apprehension successfully completed,
members of Pirie then demonstrated their skills by
boarding KRI Kerapu, also masquerading as a for-
eign fishing vessel.
"The purpose of this exercise was for the
Indonesian and Australian navies to observe each
other's boarding operations, enabling us to fine-tune
our approach and improve existing methods," LCDR
LCDR Logan said the importance of practising
boarding parties and sharing lessons learnt with the
Indonesians could not be underestimated.
"Although boarding operations are common for
the RAN and TNI-AL, they are not routine as each
boat we board is unique and may require a different
approach," LCDR Logan said.
"This is the first time I have participated in joint
maritime operations with the Indonesian Navy and
Cassoway '10 has certainly exceeded my expecta-
tions. ASSAIL SIX and I have learnt a lot which we
will now start to put into practice."
Honing skills on Cassowary '10
ON GUARD: HMAS Pirie's ABBM Lucas Christiansen during a demonstration boarding on board the Indonesian
Navy Vessel KRI Kerapu in the port of Kupang.
Photo: LA(PHOT) AJ MacLeod
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