An image of Lombok landscape. When the weather has cleared up, travelers may gain a pleasant diving experience in Lombok or Gili Islands area in the West Nusa Tenggara. (Shutterstock/File)
A total of 40 warships from 35 countries is set to arrive at Lombok Strait, around Lembar Port, to attend the 3rd Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo (MNEK) 2018 that will be held on May 4 – 8, 2018. The first MNEK event was held in Batam in 2014 and the second one was held in Padang in 2016.
The timing coincides with the 52nd anniversary of West Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) province. It is estimated that the event will welcome around 4,000 guests.
Prior the D-day, an initial planning conference was first held in Surabaya from July 18 - 21 this year and attended by 42 countries. Another meeting is set to be held from November 5 to 7 in Denpasar, Bali. The final planning will take place in Mataram, Lombok, while the event’s launch will be conducted in Bali on December 17.
Activities at MNEK 2018 mostly consist of pieces of training on disaster handling to combating pirates.
An activity called engineering capability program will have participants repair public facilities in Lombok which include roads, places of worship, bathing/washing/toilet centers (MCK) and others.
There will also be a medical capability program where a hospital warship will be made available around the area of Carik KLU beach to treat locals. Another activity included in the program is the marine village where participants will be introduced to the local culture at Lembar Port.
The event will also feature other fun activities such as a cultural parade for two kilometers around the city of Mataram, karya bhakti, city tour, medical civil action, boat and war equipment exhibition, fun run and fun bike.
To mark the historical event, a MNEK monument will be built in Lombok. (asw)