RI-Aussie joint patrol exercises to be concluded in Ambon

Ambon, Maluku (ANTARA News) - An Indonesian-Australian Naval joint patrol exercise (Ausindo II) will be closed here on Wednesday (April 27), a spokesman has said.

Head of information division of the Ambon Naval Base IX Major Wahyu Broto said in a press release here on Tuesday that the Australian Commander of Northern Command Air, Commodore Kenneth Noel Watson will also attend the closing ceremony.

In addition, Commodore Rahardjo Dwi Prihanggono, commandor of the Naval Base IX will also attend the ceremony, he said, adding that opening of the joint patrol exercise was held in Darwin, Australia.

According to Major Wahyu Broto, preparations to close the international training activities had been carried out.

As part of the preparations, an Australian warship HMAS Ararat has already birthed at the pier of the naval base, and P3C Orion aircraft will also land at Pattimura International Airport.

Meanwhile, two Indonesian warships that took part in the exercises namely "KRI Sultan Nuku-873" and "KRI Sura-802", had birthed at Halong pier, and a Cassa aircraft U-622 will also arrive at the Pattimura airport, he said. (*)