The Royal Australian Navy and the Indonesian Armed Forces have completed a coordinated two-day maritime patrol to ensure security along Australia’s shared maritime border.

The maritime patrol took place as part of the tenth iteration of the Australian and Indonesian coordinated maritime security patrol (AUSINDO CORPAT) 2020.

Covering waters between Australia and Indonesia, the patrol took place on 2 and 3 December.

Australia Defence Minister and Senator Linda Reynolds said that the patrol was part of the ongoing efforts of both the countries to deepen their cooperation.

Reynolds stated: “We recognise the importance of working together to support regional security and to promote a peaceful, prosperous and rules-based regional order.

“The patrol targeted all maritime security threats, including illegal fishing, but focused on improving the collection and sharing of information between our two nations.”

Australia Maritime Operations director-general and Commodore Darren Grogan stated that Australia remained committed to its regional partners, especially during the challenging times that Covid-19 pandemic has brought to both nations.

Commodore Grogan added: “AUSINDO CORPAT 2020 allowed crews from the RAN Armidale-class patrol boat, HMAS Wollongong, and Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut (TNI-AL) vessels, KRI Lemadang and KRI Pandrong, to hone their combined maritime surveillance, security and interdiction skills.”

According to the Australian Department of Defence, the two-day patrol took place under strict measures to limit the risks associated with Covid-19.

The measures also included no contact between the crew members and no logistics visits outside the home country of each boat.

In August, the Australian Department of Defence announced that four Royal Navy vessels and around 700 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel arrived in Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2020 (RIMPAC).