The Australian Navy aircraft carrier, HMAS Canberra, on Monday (25/10) arrived at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta. Two ships accompanied the ship when it entered the port.
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Penny Williams said the visit of the ship, which is part of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest fleet, was part of the 2021 Indo-Pacific Endeavor (IPE) agenda.
IPE21 is a biennial activity across Southeast Asia to enhance the Royal Australian Navy’s collaboration with its close partners in the region.
HMAS Canberra Ship Commander in the IPE21 program Commodore Malcolm Wise cited the visit as Australia’s commitment in maintaining peace and stability in the region.
“We are very happy to be back in Indonesia, which is not only one of Australia’s closest neighbors but also one of our strongest friends,” he said while giving a speech in Tanjung Priok, witnessed by First Marshal Kustono, Brigadier General Umar Farouq and First Admiral Taufik. Arief.
He added that “our countries (Australia and Indonesia.red) not only share many security interests, including shared maritime borders, and a commitment to promoting peace and stability in our region.”
While in Jakarta, HMAS Canberra will hold workshops on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management; Maritime Security; and Exchange of Principal Experts on Hercules aircraft, operated by Indonesia and Australia.
HMAS Canberra, which weighs 27,000 tonnes and is 230 meters long, is designed to provide medical and humanitarian assistance during emergencies. The ship has one hospital with a capacity of 40 beds, complete with two operating theaters. Its flight deck reaches 200 meters, it can carry up to 12 helicopters. The ship can also carry 100 vehicles and 7,000 tons of cargo.
The Australian Navy Attache to Indonesia, Rod Griffith, said the HMS Canberra, which was present as part of IPE21, was actually not only aimed at increasing cooperation between the navies, but also all the armed forces of the two countries.
Indonesia and Australia have even planned a joint warship exercise in Surabaya on 29 October–3 November, known as the “Exercise New Horizon.” This is a maritime warfare exercise that is held every two years.
As part of IPE21, Australia also sent a solar powered desalination machine to Nusa Lembongan, Bali, to help Indonesians solve problems of water supply and plastic pollution. These engines were transported from Australia using the combined capabilities of the HMAS Canberra and Anzac Ships. [iy/em]