JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.76


KOMODO 2016 Multilateral Joint Naval Training Exercise

KOMODO 2016 Multilateral Joint Naval Training Exercise

The MSDF participated in KOMODO Exercise 2016 multilateral joint naval training exercise organized by the Indonesian Navy that took place from April 12th to 16th. Also, the MSDF took part in the International Fleet Review that was hosted by the Indonesian Navy and was held along with the exercise.

The MSDF destroyer, Ise, took part in the training exercise regarding humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The participation is regarded as a part of substantial cooperation with Indonesia for maritime security contributing to regional peace and stability. Moreover, the MSDF deepened friendly relationship with participating countries through its participation in the International Fleet Review in Indonesia.

Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) 2016 Ship Rider Program

Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) 2016 Ship Rider Program

From April 13th to 26th, the MSDF held the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) 2016 Ship Rider Program, an exchange program for the next-generation of officers from countries participating in WPNS.

The purpose of the program is for next-generation officers of each participating country’s navy to gather together to foster mutual understanding between the host country as well as to build up personal networks among such participants. Lieutenants or their equivalent navy personnel from the 19* WPNS participating countries were invited. The participants boarded the destroyer Ise in Padang, Indonesia, in which they observed the Komodo Exercise 2016, a multilateral joint training exercise hosted by the Indonesian Navy. They also took part in discussions and observed training aboard the Ise. This exchange had been performed until the Ise docked in Subic, the Philippines, marking the end of the program.

*Participating countries (19) Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the U.K., Vietnam, and the United States

Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) 2016 Ship Rider Program

Actually this is great pleasure for me to gain new experience as well as clear understanding about role of MSDF.

I think the debate program which was held with officers from 19 countries is the most important and effective program.

This is great opportunity to share our knowledge and ideas with other navies, but it also builds our mutual understanding and good cooperation among us. We learnt about maritime law and discussed cooperative activities like disaster management and antipiracy mission. We got clear idea about some parts of the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea).

Actually this is great honour for me to participate in this kind of program and I highly recommend this program for our junior officers to enhance their experience.

Already Japan is a good friend of Sri Lanka. This program will help to refresh our bond again and again.

Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) 2016 Ship Rider Program

I think “Ship Rider Program” is quite useful and interesting which young officers from different countries gathered. They share information together; there are a lot of differences in culture and in social structure, so learning about each other’s culture helps us to understand each other better. This Program helps us to tighten relationship and friendship between countries.

Through this program I learned a lot of things:

  • - Cultures and Navy organizational structure of countries which joined this program.
  • - Participant’s point of view about some difficult problems in the world, as well as experience to solve that one.
  • - Ship handling, fly with the helicopter.
  • - Receiving oil on the sea.
  • - Memorial service heroic martyrs who died for their country.

I enjoyed organizing memorial service and HELO boarding.

If I have a chance, I want to participate in this program again. I also will recommend my junior to participate.

I think this program course is something good for the relation between my country and Japan, as well as my navy and MSDF. We want to tighten relationship and cooperation with Japan.

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