Following the successful Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo (MNEK) this year, the Indonesian Navy will hold a similar event in 2016.

According to MNEK training director Commodore Amarullah Octavian, the second event will give priority to maritime peace-keeping operations under the United Nations’ flag.

The 2014 Komodo officially wrapped up on April 3 in Riau Island province.

As the host of the event, the Indonesian Navy fielded its biggest force, with 4,800 personnel and 27 ships, while foreign participants sent a total of 1,500 personnel.

Initiated by Indonesia and the US, the MNEK was to enhance the cooperation in performing humanitarian assistance activities and disaster relief work between naval forces of ASEAN member countries and their eight dialogue partners (ASEAN+8) of the US, Russia, India, Australia, New Zealand, China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan.

Besides ASEAN and ASEAN8+ countries, the six-day exercise also saw the participation of observers from the UN and the European Union.-VNA