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May 24, 2012
By LEUT Andrew Ragless
SAFETY Of Life At Sea was the
key focus of a combined Australian-
Indonesian maritime security exercise
in the waters surrounding Darwin this
Armidale-class patrol boats HMA
Ships Ararat and Larrakia joined
with Indonesian fast patrol boats KRI
Kakap and KRI Tongkol to participate
in the biennial patrol boat exercise
Ex Cassowary featured a number
of practical activities including simu-
lated coordinated maritime security
patrols, boarding party procedures and
search and rescue responses.
This year's exercise culminated
in a mass rescue with 34 'survivors'
pulled from the water in a combined
Officer conducting the exer-
cise, CDRE Braddon Wheeler, said
Cassowary provided an opportunity
for skills development between the
two nations and the exchange of ideas.
"By regularly working together and
sharing ideas, our navies develop their
teamwork to better protect our shared
maritime interests," CDRE Wheeler
"It helped build on maritime secu-
rity cooperation between Australia and
Indonesia and provided insights into
how each navy does business."
CDRE Siwi Sukma Adji,
Commander of the Sea Security Task
Force, Indonesian Eastern Fleet,
said the Australian and Indonesian
navies had enjoyed a strong friend-
ship in recent years and thanked the
Australian sailors for another warm
"Through exercises such as these
we are able to put our professional
skills, knowledge and understanding
towards improving maritime security
in our region," CDRE Siwi said.
This year's exercise built on the
recent success of joint Australian-
Indonesian coordinated maritime secu-
rity patrol, Ausindo Corpat 2012, and
was conducted in parallel with minor
war vessel exercise Triton Thunder.
Sharing skills on patrol
STRONG TIES: Indonesian naval
vessels KRI Kakap and KRI Tongkol
sail from Darwin Harbour in formation
with HMA Ships Larrakia and Ararat
for Exercise Cassowary as a Squirrel
joins the formation.Photos: LSIS Helen Frank
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