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Australia conducts inaugural trilateral security patrol with Indonesian maritime agencies

16 October 2017

Key Points

  • The Australian Border Force has taken part in a co-ordinated patrol involving two Indonesian maritime agencies for the first time
  • Improving collaboration between the two countries will enhance maritime security in Timor Sea

An Australian Border Force OPV conducting patrols with a BAKAMLA vessel, in an earlier iteration of Operation Shearwater. (Australian Border Force)An Australian Border Force OPV conducting patrols with a BAKAMLA vessel, in an earlier iteration of Operation Shearwater. (Australian Border Force)

In a sign of increasing interoperability and collaboration between maritime agencies of the two countries, the Australian Border Force (ABF) has for the first time conducted a trilateral co-ordinated security patrol with the Indonesian Maritime Security Co-ordination Agency (BAKAMLA) and Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) concurrently.

The activity was conducted during a regular co-ordinated maritime patrol undertaking known as Operation Shearwater, which has been ongoing since 2013 but involved only vessels from the ABF and BAKAMLA. On 11 October, two vessels from the KKP participated in the operation, marking a new milestone on both countries’ ability to jointly conduct security operations in the Timor Sea northwest of Darwin, Australia.

“These patrols target the illegal exploitation of natural resources and help to stop illegal fishing and environmental threats, while simultaneously improving operational communication between Australia and Indonesia,” said the ABF in a statement to mark the occasion.

Taking part in the operation was the ABF’s 57.8 m Cape-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), Cape St George (ABFC 040), which worked alongside the BAKAMLA’s 48 m patrol vessel known as KN Gajah Laut (4804). The KKP deployed the 42.5 m KP Hiu Macan Tutul (401) and the 60 m Orca 01 (6001) for the co-ordinated patrol.

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