HMAS Anzac contributes to key exercise in Indonesia

This article has photo gallery Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author and photographer)

Location(s): Padang, Indonesia

Topic(s): HMAS Anzac (F150), Exercise KOMODO

An Indonesian Navy sailor (TNI-AL) looks on as HMAS Anzac participates in an International Fleet Review, marking the start of Exercise KOMODO, off the Indonesian city of Padang, West Sumatra. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)
An Indonesian Navy sailor (TNI-AL) looks on as HMAS Anzac participates in an International Fleet Review, marking the start of Exercise KOMODO, off the Indonesian city of Padang, West Sumatra.

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Anzac has flown the flag for improved maritime trust and cooperation joining ships from 23 nations for Exercise KOMODO off Padang in West Sumatra over the past week.

About 170 Australian sailors and officers lined the decks in their dress uniforms for a spectacular opening ceremony and Fleet Review, hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. 

The President reviewed the ships from his official TNI-AL platform, receiving a salute from the Australians as they sailed by.

The theme of Exercise KOMODO 2016 is “readiness and cooperation for peace”. 

HMAS Anzac spent the week working alongside the TNI-AL and other regional navies in activities designed to improve how they operate with each other from humanitarian relief efforts to maritime conflict and peacekeeping.  

The exercise is coinciding with the West Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) in Padang, where Navy chiefs from Australia and 13 other nations have gathered to discuss regional maritime issues. 

Rear Admiral Mike Noonan, Deputy Chief of Navy, attended the KOMODO opening ceremony and acted as the RAN’s senior representative at the naval symposium.

“Australia and Indonesia share very similar security challenges in this region,” Rear Admiral Noonan said. 

“Our own Defence White Paper recognises this fact and all of the nations in Padang this week are working with Indonesia to maintain a secure and stable region.”