Australia-Indonesia Joint Activity Kicks Off in Surabaya


The Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE) 2023, the main regional activity between Indonesia and Australia, has commenced in Surabaya, East Java, signaling a significant step towards bolstering diplomatic partnerships and security in Southeast Asia and the northeast of the Indian Ocean. The event marks the arrival of HMAS ANZAC in the North Jamrud Dock, Tanjung Perak Harbor on Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

Commandeered by First Admiral McCormack, HMAS ANZAC was warmly welcomed by the Deputy Commander of the Main Naval Base V, Commander Baidhowi, as it docked in Surabaya. The ship is scheduled to remain anchored until August 4, 2023, during which several bilateral activities with the regional government will take place.

The joint activity includes a series of engaging exercises and workshops aimed at enhancing cooperation and knowledge exchange between the Australian and Indonesian military forces. Among the activities planned are submarine launching and rescue knowledge exchange sessions. Additionally, the program features a gender security and peace workshop, showcasing both nations' commitment to inclusivity and women's empowerment within the defense sectors.

One of the focal points aboard HMAS ANZAC is the religious discussion, inviting clergies from the Indonesian Navy and Australian military. Four clerics from the Australian military and eight from the Indonesian Navy will come together to discuss the well-being and prosperity of their respective subordinates. This initiative highlights the importance of cultural and religious understanding among military personnel.

The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2023 supports the Australian government's broader goal of fostering strong diplomatic partnerships and bolstering security in the region. The engagement is not limited to Indonesia and Australia; it extends to Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Thailand, and Vietnam. Through a series of activities, knowledge transfers, and training sessions, the Australian Navy, Air Force, and Military aim to contribute to a peaceful, secure, and prosperous region.

Captain Roodney Griffith, the Australian Navy Attaché in Indonesia, emphasized the significance of the bilateral activities in strengthening ties between the two countries. "IPE 2023 provides an excellent opportunity for both nations to deepen their cooperation and mutual understanding," he stated.

The joint effort is expected to foster goodwill, cooperation, and camaraderie between Indonesia and Australia, further solidifying their commitment to peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. As the activities progress in Surabaya, both nations are optimistic about the positive outcomes that will result from this landmark initiative.

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