Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), on Wednesday (May 29), conducted an air surveillance training on Bali Island to improve the personnel's abilities to detect enemies at sea.

The TNI-AU deployed its Boeing 737 from Air Squadron 5 of the Sultan Hasanuddin Air Force Base in Makassar, South Sulawesi, while RAAF sent its multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft, P-8A Poseidon.

The P-8A Poseidon belongs to the RAAF Base Edinburgh, No 92 Wing, according to the TNI-AU's press statement that ANTARA received here, Thursday.

During the joint training, the two countries' Air Force personnel applied various sophisticated devices, including the Automatic Identification System (AIS), camera, and radar.

AIS is an automated tracking system to enable vessels to be identified and located at sea while the camera and radar are applied to provide visual and electronic data on objects being monitored.

For the training mission, the TNI-AU's B-737 surveillance aircraft was commanded by Lt. Col. Devi Oktaviandra, while the RAAF's P-8A Poseidon was led by squadron leader Phillip David Southwood, the TNI-AU revealed.

The training ran smoothly, and both the B-737 and P-8A Poseidon successfully detected several vessels at sea during the training, which is expected to further strengthen military relations between Indonesia and Australia.

According to the Australian Defense's official website, the RAAF Base Edinburgh is located 25 kilometers north of Adelaide, South Australia.

It is primarily home to the Air Warfare Centre and No 92 Wing's P-8A Poseidon aircraft that conduct surveillance operations throughout Australia's airspace.

The RAAF Base Edinburgh is also home to the No 453 Squadron Edinburgh Flight (air traffic control), No 24 (City of Adelaide) Squadron (airbase support), No 87 Squadron (intelligence), No 292 Squadron (sensor operator training), No 3 Security Forces Squadron, and headquarters.

It is also home to the No 1 Remote Sensor Unit (Jindalee Operational Radar Network), No 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron Detachment Edinburgh, No 1 Combat Communication Squadron Flight Edinburgh, No 10 Squadron, and No 11 Squadron.

The Australian Defense's official website stated that the P-8A Poseidon is Australia's proven multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft, while No. 92 Wing currently commands 12 P-8A aircraft that are operated by the No. 11 and No. 292 Squadrons at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

Since its first arrival in 2016, the P-8A Poseidon has been deployed on a vast number of operations and exercises.

It has also ratified its high capability to generate effects in its primary roles of anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as overland intelligence.

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