The third iteration of Multilateral Naval Exercise KOMODO (MNEK) has drawn to a close off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia.
The shore phase of the exercise saw participant nations conduct a city parade, cultural and sporting events, and engagement activities. On completion, warships joined for two days of practical exercises at sea.
HMAS Anzac sailed in formation with 33 other warships, bound for the designated exercise area before a sail past on the final day marked the close of MNEK 2018.
For 2018, the overarching theme of the exercise was Cooperation to Respond to Disaster and Humanitarian Issues. Ships’ companies practiced operating with other nations in a range of exercises to ensure an effective response in the event of a future humanitarian or disaster relief situation.
For a junior Maritime Warfare Officer, it was a valuable opportunity to operate with multiple ships from navies around the world.
Royal New Zealand Navy officer, Ensign Matthew Pfahlert is currently posted to HMAS Anzac to conduct Phase 4 of Maritime Warfare Officer training.
“KOMODO was the first time I’ve participated in a large multinational exercise,” he said.
“I was on the bridge during the sail past exercise, which was my favourite moment.
“It was awesome to see a group of more than 30 warships sailing together past the Indonesian flagship,” Ensign Pfahlert said.
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand Ensign Pfahlert has been training with the RAN for 11 months.
HMAS Anzac participated in MNEK 2018 as part of her South East Asia Deployment.
HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success have deployed for approximately three months, visiting a number of ports to build partner capacity and develop interoperability in the region.