Two Warships of the Republic of Indonesia (KRI) Tomo (TOM) – 357 and KRI Usman Harun (USH) – 359 held a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with elements of the Indian Navy, namely INS Sahyadri-F49 and INS Kamorta-P28, in the waters of the Java Sea. Saturday, (19/06/2022).
The four warships of these two friendly countries carried out the exercise by forming the right-hand hull Charlie formation. Furthermore, INS Kamorta sent a sign through the flag raising as a signal that the entire ship was already in formation, which was forwarded to KRI USH and KRI TOM.
The next training series is Replenishment at Sea (RAS), as the receiving ship, KRI TOM received the approach from the right hull of INS Syahdari, while KRI USH received the approach from the left hull of INS Kamorta as the giving ship. With a speed of 10 knots and a distance of 45 yards, the mail bag transfer sent can be received by KRI and INS safely and smoothly.
After carrying out PASSEX, elements of the Navy and Indian Navy initiated formation 1 to carry out farewell pass.
INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta quickly 17 knots overlaid KRI TOM and KRI USH of the right hull. By the time the Indian Navy Ship crossed, KRI TOM and KRI USH sent light signals. Then KRI TOM gave a Farewell Speech to the Indian Navy Ship. After the implementation, KRI TOM and KRI USH returned to the port of Tanjung Priok.
PASSEX activities between the Navy and Indian Navy are one of the diplomatic efforts in the priority program of the Chief of Naval Staff (Kasal) Admiral TNI Yudo Margono who emphasized to KRI commanders to increase exercises with foreign warships passing not only in Natuna but also throughout the waters of national jurisdiction, because the exercise is also a diplomatic means to maintain the stability of maritime security in the region Indonesia and in the region.