On 14-15 August 2022, the European Union (EU) and Indonesia performed their first joint naval train within the Arabian Sea. The train concerned Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda and EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta frigate ITS Virginio Fasan. The train was primarily based on the state of affairs of an anti-piracy operation. It included cross-deck helicopter landings, advanced tactical evolutions at sea, boarding of suspicious vessels and gas replenishment at sea. The EU mission on Essential Maritime Routes within the Indo-Pacific (CRIMARIO) supplied its Indo-Pacific Regional Info Sharing (IORIS) platform for communication between contributors within the train.

Indonesia’s KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda has simply accomplished an task with the Maritime Job Pressure of the United Nations Interim Pressure in Lebanon. By way of its energetic contribution to peacekeeping missions, Indonesia makes a tangible contribution in direction of worldwide peace and safety in accordance with the United Nations Constitution. Each Indonesia and the EU assist a rules-based worldwide order and efficient multilateralism with the United Nations at its core. The EU and Indonesia are dedicated to a free, open, inclusive and rules-based order within the Indo-Pacific area, underpinned by respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, democracy, rule of legislation, transparency, freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded lawful commerce, and peaceable decision of disputes. They reaffirm the primacy of worldwide legislation, together with the United Nations Conference on Legislation of the Sea (UNCLOS).


The train concerned Indonesian Navy corvette KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda and Italian Navy frigate ITS Virginio Fasan. (Photograph by European Union)

The EU and Indonesia conduct an everyday Safety Coverage Dialogue to strengthen cooperation on safety points. In November 2021, the sixth assembly of the dialogue mentioned maritime safety alongside the combat towards terrorism and violent extremism, countering narcotics, peacekeeping and disaster administration, cyber safety, non-proliferation and catastrophe administration. The EU sees Indonesia and the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as main companions for the implementation of the EU’s Technique for Cooperation within the Indo-Pacific. The EU and Indonesia intend to strengthen their operational cooperation at sea, together with joint naval workout routines and port calls. As a complement to their operational cooperation, notably via the EU initiatives on Enhancing Safety Cooperation in and with Asia (ESIWA) and on Essential Maritime Routes within the Indo-Pacific (CRIMARIO).

EU Naval Pressure Somalia – Operation ATALANTA performs an important function within the EU’s Frequent Safety and Defence Coverage. It helps the Federal Authorities of Somalia within the mixed effort for peace and stability in Somalia and the Horn of Africa and the event and enchancment of Maritime safety within the area. Since its launch in 2008 as first EU naval operation, EU NAVFOR Somalia holds a 100% success price in defending WFP vessels delivering humanitarian support to internally displaced and refugees in Somalia and Helps the EU Built-in Strategy for Somalia and the Horn of Africa along with its two EU sister missions, EUCAP Somalia and EU TM Somalia, the EU Delegation to Somalia and EU Particular Consultant to the Horn of Africa (Acts as a elementary software within the EU’s Naval Diplomacy for the Indo-Pacific).