49 Warships Join the 2016 Komodo in Padang
Date 12 April 2016
As many as 49 warships dan naval forces from 35 countries join the 2016 International Fleet Review (IFR), the 15th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), and the 2nd Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo of 2016 (MNEK), held in Padang, West Sumatera, from Tuesday (12/4) to Saturday (16/4).
The Chief of Staff of Indonesian Navy, Admiral Ade Supandi, said that the activities of the 2016 Komodo reflect peace at regional level.
This event reflects the intention as well as commitment to improve current cooperation, in order to support and achieve peace as well as to maintain regional stability, Ade Supandi said when delivering a report to President Joko Widodo at the Opening of the 2016 MNE Komodo at Teluk Bayur, Padang, West Sumatera, on Tuesday (12/4).
According to Ade, IFR is a parade of various types of warships and aircrafts. The purpose of this activity is to show the preparedness, strength, as well as capacities of the Navy in carrying out its duties.
According to him, there were 20 warships from 15 countries involving in this event, such as from Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the United States, Japan, France, Russia, China, Srilanka, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Brunei.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian Navy deployed 29 warships, two CN-212 aircrafts, one CN-295 aircraft, and two Helly Bell 412 helicopters.
Admiral Ade Supandi explained that the 2016 Komodo is comprising of three activities, namely the 2016 International Fleet Review (IFR), the 15th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), and the 2nd Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo of 2016 (MNEK). There are 35 countries participating in these activities, he said.
He stated that in this training, naval forces from different countries will cooperate to conduct humanitarian aid training mission scenario, for example Medical Civic Action Project (Medcap), Engineering Civic Action Project (Encap), and Maritime Peace Keeping Operation (MPKO) training. (GUN/ES)(MMB/YM/Naster)