The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) have completed a coordinated maritime patrol to enhance security along their shared maritime border as part of AUSINDO CORPAT 2021. AUSINDO CORPAT took place in the waters between Australia and Indonesia, with a specific focus on the deterrence of illegal fishing. The five-day patrol conducted by Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Ararat and TNI-AL vessels KRI Kerapu and KRI Sura was the eleventh iteration of AUSINDO CORPAT and reflected the enduring defence partnership between Australia and Indonesia.
Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond said, “The coordinated patrol demonstrated Australia’s enduring commitment to the Indo-Pacific region.“Indonesia is an essential partner for Australia. We share security challenges and a firm commitment to a rules-based maritime order, underpinned by adherence to international law. AUSINDO CORPAT tested and proved our shared mariner skills, techniques and procedures and refined our ability to work together in cooperative maritime surveillance, security and interdiction. By working together, we improve regional maritime security and promote a stable, inclusive and resilient region based on international law”
The 11th iteration of Ausindo Corpat, was a welcome opportunity to strengthen bilateral ties with Indonesia, while delivering a strong and coordinated response to illegal fisheries activity. The tactical manoeuvring of warships in close quarters is a tried and true means of developing self-confidence in both navies. When executed with regional partners, it also builds trust and the ability to work in lock step with each other. The coordinated patrol was conducted in a contactless manner to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.