Commodore Ramakrishnan Kunnisery Mallath from the Indian Navy, Commodore Robert Plath of the Royal Australian Navy and First Admiral Erwin Aldedharma of TNI AL at the 2019 Trilateral Indian Ocean Maritime Security workshop in Fremantle on Nov. 25-27. (Photo courtesy of the Indonesian Navy)

Indonesian, Indian, Australian Navies Hold Trilateral Security Talks


DECEMBER 02, 2019

Jakarta. The Indonesian, Indian and Australian navies held the three-day Trilateral Indian Ocean Maritime Security workshop in Fremantle in Western Australia last week.

The three-day workshop was held on Nov. 25-27 at the city's Maritime Museum. The Indonesian delegate was led by First Admiral Erwin Aldedharma, the deputy Navy chief for planning and budgeting, the Indonesian Navy said in a statement on Monday.

The Indian delegate was led by Commodore Ramakrishnan Kunnisery Mallath and the Australians by Commodore Robert Plath.

The speakers at the workshop included Dough Trappett from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Capt. Sean Andrews, the director of the Sea Power Center of Australia.

The Indian delegation presented a paper titled "Indian Ocean: Interests and Challenges in the Maritime Domain" at the workshop. The Indonesians delivered a paper titled "National Approaches to the Indian Ocean," and the host country presented a paper titled "Opportunities for Trilateral Cooperation at Sea Between Navies."

India, Indonesia and Australia all control territories in the Indian Ocean, which is passed by the international maritime line.

The Indonesian Navy in its presentation introduced the Indo-Pacific Concept that was agreed by the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this year during the regional bloc's summit in Bangkok.

The concept, also known as the Asean Indo-Pacific Outlook, was initiated by Indonesia.

The Indonesian Navy also briefed its Indian and Australian counterparts on the country’s naval activities in the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia is planning to establish the Indonesian Maritime Information Center that can be used to support a trilateral exchange of information with India and Australia.

Next year's Trilateral Indian Ocean Maritime Security workshop is slated to be held in India sometime in the third quarter.

The Indonesian delegation also made time during the workshop to visit the Austal Shipyard and check out a Guardian Class patrol boat being built for the Fijian Navy.