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Indonesian, Australian navies conduct survey in Timor Sea border area

JAKARTA (BERNAMA-ANTARA) – The Indonesian Navy’s Hydro-Oceanographic Centre (Pushidrosal) and the Australian Navy (RAN) are conducting a two-month joint survey of the seabed in the Timor Sea border area, ANTARA news agency reported.

Pushidrosal Commander Vice Admiral Nurhidayatin informed that the joint survey, launched on September 29, is the first to be held by the Indonesian and Australian navies.

“The coverage area for this joint survey is quite wide. It will also be carried out for two months in 2024. We aim to carry out a joint survey in all of Indonesia-Australia borders,” he said on the sidelines of an Indonesian Navy workshop in Jakarta yesterday.

For the joint survey, the Indonesian Navy deployed the KRI Spica-934 warship from Pushidrosal to Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Meanwhile, ships from the Australian Navy and the Australian Hydrographic Agency (AHO) will also sail along their EEZ on the Timor Sea border.

Nurhidayat informed that 63 personnel have been deployed for the survey, and two Australian Navy personnel will tag along with KRI Spica-934. For the joint survey, the Indonesian naval ship is being led by Lieutenant Colonel Deirus Rizki Khair.

During the survey, Indonesia and Australia will collect seabed data in their respective EEZs, including maps of the seabed, sea tunnels, current patterns, and tidal patterns, he revealed.