PADANG, Indonesia, April 15 (ChinaMil) -- The Komodo 2016 multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster reduction exercise entered the phase of maritime drills involving troops and warships on April 14, 2016.
At around 7:00, dozens of ships participating in the exercise, under the guidance of the Indonesian Navy set sail in a formation of seven columns from the Port of Padang, Indonesia, and headed to the waters where the maritime exercise to be held.
On their voyage to the drill area, the warships started drills of formation change, communications and damage management.
According to the liaison officer of the Indonesian Navy, the contents arranged in the first day of the maritime exercise aims to enhance mutual understanding and smooth communication between different navies.
The maritime exercise is organized by Indonesia Navy with the commander of the sea battle taskforce of the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet Command acting as the commanding officer of the exercise.
Ships participating in the exercise are divided into two joint task groups. The first joint task group consists of three squadrons. Chinese Navy's frigate Weifang and the salvage lifting vessel Changxingdao are in the second squadron together with warships of Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia.
"In today's exercise, two Chinese naval ships demonstrated accurate understandings of signals from the command ship and responded very quickly," Dong Fangliang, executive officer of frigate Weifang, told the PLA Daily.
Ship maneuver and foundation training subjects dominated the first day of the maritime exercise, and subjects of military operations other than war would be the highlights in the second day of the exercise, Dong said.
The photo taken on April 14, 2016 shows warships from navies of 16 countries participating in the Komodo 2016 joint exercise organized by the Indonesian Navy head to the exercise waters. (cnr.cn/Lou Sijia)