Komodo 2016

A multilateral naval exercise, Komodo 2016, has commenced in Padang, Indonesia, following an opening ceremony and the arrival of navy ships from the participating nations in the city’s harbour for an international fleet review.

The exercise will witness the participation of 35 nations, with approximately 48 ships and aircraft, including 18 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), and the member states.

The US Navy will join the forces in Komodo 2016 with staff from Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7, sailors from USS Stockdale, a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and flight crew from VP-8, and Seabees from NMCB 4.

“This exercise allows our sailors to showcase their skills as professional mariners as we operate together at sea.”

Exercise Komodo aims at assessing the readiness and collaboration among the world’s navies, and is said to be the second edition of the exercise, which was initiated in 2014 in Batam, Indonesia.

USS Stockdale commanding officer Sean Grunwell said: "This exercise allows our sailors to showcase their skills as professional mariners as we operate together at sea with ships from navies throughout the region."

The Komodo 2016 exercise has been divided into two phases; the harbour phase and the sea phase.

The harbour phase includes an international fleet review, where US Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 will collaborate with fellow naval engineers on a civil-military project.

The sailors on-board the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale and Patrol Squadron 8 will take part in community service projects at Padang Beach, and a cultural exchange with students at Andalas University.

The sea phase will feature a range of activities, including divisional tactics, small boat operations, flight operations with helicopters, and maritime patrol aircraft, and communication drills.

Image: The guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) fires its MK 45 5in gun during a sea power demonstration. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Rodriguez Santiago/Released.