Exercise Komodo 2018 concludes offshore Indonesia

16 May 2018 (Last Updated May 16th, 2018 12:17)

The third iteration of the Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo (MNEK) has successfully concluded off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia.

Exercise Komodo 2018 concludes offshore Indonesia
HMAS Anzac’s crew fall in for Procedure Alpha during a formation foxtrot sail past upon the completion of Exercise Komodo 2018. Credit: LSIS Kayla Jackson.

The third iteration of the Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo (MNEK) has successfully concluded off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia.

Warships from the participating nations joined for a two-day period of practical sea-based exercises following the completion of the event, which was hosted by the Indonesian Navy.

The practical exercises saw the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Anzac sail in formation with 33 other vessels that were bound for the designated exercise area before performing a sail past on the final day of MNEK 2018.

"The practical exercises saw the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) HMAS Anzac sail in formation with 33 other vessels that were bound for the designated exercise area."

This year’s Komodo exercise focused on the nations’ ability to cooperate in response to disaster and humanitarian issues.

Personnel from the participating ships cooperated to conduct a series of exercises in order to ensure an effective response in the event of a future humanitarian or disaster relief situation.

The RAN’s HMAS Anzac participated in MNEK 2018 as part of its South East Asia deployment.

Other Australian Navy assets involved in this year’s Komodo exercise included HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success.

All three RAN vessels were deployed for an approximately three-month period, which saw the ships visit several ports with the aim of developing partner capacity and interoperability within the region.

MNEK 2018 initially commenced on 5 May in Lombok, Indonesia.

The exercise involved the dispatch of a multinational naval combined fleet to carry out humanitarian aid in accordance with United Nations (UN) resolutions.