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NUMBER 92 Wing played an important
role in strengthening ties between Australia
and Indonesia when it joined the Australian
and Indonesian Navies in the coordinated
maritime security patrol Ausindo Corpat
The patrol, held last month, was con-
ducted under Operation Resolute.
In addition to a 92WG AP-3C, Australia
contributed the Armidale-class patrol boat
HMAS Ararat, while Indonesia provided
the warships Kri Sultan Nuku and Kri Sura
and a NC-212 maritime patrol aircraft.
Air Force was further represented as
members were embarked in Ararat as mem-
bers of Transit Security Element 60.
The aim of the operation was to improve
coordinated maritime security between the
ADF and Indonesian Armed Forces along
the Australian and Indonesian shared mari-
time boundaries, from north of the Tiwi
Islands to targeted areas near Indonesia.
Its primary focus was the exploitation of
natural resources, in particular illegal fish-
The operation began at HMAS
Coonawarra in Darwin and concluded in
Ambon in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia.
The commander of the ADF task group,
AIRCDRE Ken Watson, said the coordinat-
ed patrols gave both nations the ability to
share information and enhance their ability
to detect illegal fishing.
"It was a valuable experience combin-
ing the skills of our personnel at sea, on
land and in the air to address illegal activity
along our exclusive economic zone bounda-
ries," he said.
"Working in this strong cooperative
manner helps build our capabilities to deter
exploitation of natural resources in our mar-
"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 coor-
Indonesian Eastern Fleet Sea Combat
Commander CDRE Sulaeman Banjar
Nahor said the patrol honed information-
sharing and interoperability between the
two forces through a number of evolutions
designed to build confidence.
"Our defence forces have once again
made great progress in improving our mari-
time security procedures through develop-
ing our communications and information-
sharing techniques," CDRE Banjar Nahor
"It has been a very successful activity
and has capitalised on the success of last
year's inaugural patrol.
"We look forward to undertaking this
coordinated approach again to further
strengthen the relationship between our
FRIENDLY GESTURES: Above, airfield defence guard LAC
Jade West, who is attached to Transit Security Element
60, shakes hands with an Indonesian sailor on the deck of
Indonesian Navy ship KRI Sura during Ausindo Corpat 2011.
Left, the Indonesian Eastern Fleet Sea Combat Commander,
CDRE Sulaeman Banjar Nahor, accepts a token of appreciation
from the commander of the ADF task group, AIRCDRE Ken
Watson, at the opening ceremony.
Photos: LS Andrew Dakin
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