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Navy chief of staff talks maritime security with Australia

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 19, 2019   /   08:40 pm
Navy chief of staff talks maritime security with Australia Navy chief of staff Adm. Siwi Sukma Adji met with the Australian chief of navy Vice Adm. Michael Joseph Noonan on Friday, July 19, in Canberra to discus the importance of maintaining maritime security. (The Indonesian Navy/The Indonesian Navy)

Navy chief of staff Adm. Siwi Sukma Adji met with Australian chief of navy Vice Adm. Michael Joseph Noonan on Friday in Canberra to discuss the importance of maintaining maritime security.

In the meeting, they agreed to enhance cooperation between the two navies in the field of training, as the two sides acknowledged cooperation through interaction between people was very important in order to understand each other, according to a statement issued by the Navy.

“The relations between the Indonesian Navy and the Australian Navy are very well established, and have been implemented through a variety of bilateral cooperation initiatives including the Cassoex Exercise New Horizon and Ausindo Corpat joint training programs. The two countries also actively participated in exercises involving other countries such as the Kakadu Multilateral and Komodo Multilateral Naval Exercise (MNEK) initiated by the Indonesian Navy,” the statement read.

Siwi’s working visit to Australia was a reciprocal visit following Noonan’s visit to Jakarta in November. They also previously met on board the HMAS Canberra, which was docked in Jakarta in May on the sidelines of the Indo Pacific Endeavor 2019.

In addition to meeting Noonan, Siwi also paid a courtesy call to the Australian chief of the defense force, who was represented on this occasion by the vice chief of the Australian Defense Force Vice Adm. David Lance Johnston, as well as secretary of defense Gregory Laurence Moriarty.

Siwi also met with the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo.