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ILLEGAL fishing was the focus of
a joint ADF and Indonesian Armed
Forces operation that ended in
Ambon on April 27.
The second coordinated maritime
security patrol, Australia -- Indonesia
Coordinated Patrol 2011, began in
Darwin on April 15 and was held
in the waters between Australia and
Indonesia targeting the exploitation of
natural resources, in particular, illegal
The operation included aircraft,
ships and headquarters staff from
both nations in two synchronised task
The ADF contributed HMAS
Ararat and an AP-3C Orion, while the
Indonesian Armed Forces provided
naval vessels Kri Sultan Nuku and
Sura and an NC-212 aircraft.
The operation aimed to improve
coordinated maritime security between
the ADF and Indonesian Armed Forces
along the Australian and Indonesian
shared maritime boundaries, from
north of the Tiwi Islands to targeted
areas near Indonesia.
The Commander of the ADF Task
Group, AIRCDRE Ken Watson, said
the coordinated patrols gave personnel
from both nations the ability to share
information and enhance each coun-
try's ability to detect illegal fishing.
"It has been a valuable experience
over the past fortnight, combining the
skills of our personnel at sea, on land
and in the air to address illegal activ-
ity along our exclusive economic zone
boundaries," AIRCDRE Watson said.
"Working in this strong, coop-
erative manner helps build our capa-
bilities to deter exploitation of natural
resources in our maritime zones.
"Both our nations are committed
to a secure regional environment and
we intend to plan for similar activities
in the future to build on the success of
these past two coordinated patrols."
The Indonesian Eastern Fleet Sea
Combat Commander, CDRE Sulaeman
Banjar Nahor, said the patrol honed
information sharing and interoperabil-
ity between the two forces through a
number of evolutions designed to build
"Our defence forces have once
again made great progress in improv-
ing our maritime security procedures
through developing our communica-
tions and information-sharing tech-
niques," CDRE Sulaeman Banjar
"It has been a very successful
activity and has capitalised on the suc-
cess of last year's inaugural patrol.
"We look forward to undertak-
ing this coordinated approach again
to further strengthen the relationship
between our nations."
IIlegal fishing targeted
GOOD TO GO: ABBM Adam Quinn gives the thumbs-up to the
helmsman to approach HMAS Ararat during a routine patrol in the
Arafura Sea as part of the Australia -- Indonesia Coordinated
Patrol 2011 while, below, ABMT Matthew Craig talks to
Indonesian officers on Ararat's bridge.
Photos: LSIS Andrew Dakin
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