The guided-missile destroyer Changsha (173) and the guided-missile frigate Liuzhou (573) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy arrived at the waters near Lombok of Indonesia to participate in the multilateral naval exercise, dubbed Exercise Komodo 2018 hosted by the Indonesian Navy, on May 3, 2018.
The Chinese naval ships anchored at the designated anchorage area on Thursday morning to join dozens of participating warships from Russia, France, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, Indonesia and other countries.
Fifty naval ships and over 4000 sailors from more than 43 countries will participate in the exercise scheduled from 4th to 9th of May. The six-day exercise comprises of three phases, i.e., the harbor phase, the sea phase and the civic mission phase.
The participating navies will conduct table top exercise and command post exercise on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, drills of engineering civic action program (ENCAP), medical civic action program (MEDCAP), maritime interception, VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) and sailing pass, and take part in social events including the city parade, maritime exhibition and cultural performances, sports activities, and so on.
The two Chinese naval ships set sail from a military port in Sanya, a port city in China’s island province of Hainan on April 25. During the voyage, they carried out training of multiple subjects such as surface-air operations, VBSS and ship-helicopter coordination.
It is the third time that the Chinese Navy has taken part in the biennial Komodo multilateral naval exercise.