RAN frigate conducts port visit to Indonesia

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An Anzac Class frigate has completed a logistics visit to the regional neighbour as part of a broader effort to improve bilateral relations.

Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class frigate HMAS Perth recently completed a port visit to Jakarta, Indonesia for logistics and bilateral engagement while deployed on operations in the region.

The vessel was received by the Indonesian Navy’s Kwelang Class Stealth Trimaran KRI Golok (688) before coming alongside at Tanjung Priok Port.

Upon arrival, the RAN frigate was welcomed by the Indonesian Navy Band and was later resupplied and invited to conduct ship handling manoeuvres and communication exercises with the Indonesian Navy Bung Tomo Class corvette KRI Bung Tomo (357) off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia.

As part of the joint activity, the warships manoeuvred in close proximity while exercising communications protocols and rendering the traditional navy “cheer ship” greeting when passing each other.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Perth Commander Tony Nagle said the joint exercise helped further strengthen bilateral defence ties between the Indo-Pacific partners.

“Engagement in these activities with our naval counterparts strengthens our maritime relations and ability to operate at sea together,” CMDR Nagle said.

“We were well received and look forward to future port visits and engagements.”

Following the ceremonial passing, HMAS Perth continued its deployment in the region.

HMAS Perth is homeported in Fleet Base West and is the fourth frigate to complete the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade in Henderson, Western Australia.

The upgrades included enhancements to the radar and communications systems, crew-habitable areas and completion of a range of out-of-water maintenance works.

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