The U.S. Navy joins more than 30 nations for the Multinational Exercise Komodo on and in the waters near Lombok Island, Indonesia to be conducted from May 4-9. The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket departed on May 3, marking the Navy’s first visit to the Makassar, Indonesia.
U.S. assets participating in Komodo 2018 include staff from Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7, the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3), a P-8A Poseidon, a Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit (MDSU) detachment, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy Seabees, and the U.S. 7th Fleet band.
Millinocket is one of three expeditionary fast transport ships in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, and will continue its mission of providing rapid intra-theater transport while providing a platform for theater security cooperation exercises and engagements.
The Makassar visit served to strengthen the U.S.-Indonesia partnership, while reinforcing mutual commitment to bilateral and multilateral exercises and future port visits in Indonesia.
“The U.S. Navy’s first-ever visit to Makassar is a result of the strong relationship we have with the nation and people of Indonesia,” said Navy Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7. “Our continued visits to Makassar will enhance the U.S. Navy’s operational flexibility to remain forward-deployed while providing naval presence in cooperation with our regional partners.”
The exercise brings together navies from across the world to rehearse scenarios focused on collaborative solutions to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and maritime domain awareness.
“Komodo joins navies from around the world in a spirit of cooperation and friendship,” said Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, Commander Task Force 73. “Today’s security challenges transcend borders and require collaborative security efforts. Komodo fosters meaningful relationships that enhance cooperation between navies on shared challenges through common values.”