By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Two Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) Navy ships returned today from Indonesia, after a successful five-day komodo exercise.
The boats are HMPNGS Moresby and HMPNGS Dreger, with 38 crew on board the two ships.
Hosted by Indonesia to train ships and crew from multi-national countries, the komodo exercise allows crews to work together in their operations.
This is the first time the PNG Navy has joined Indonesia in its second komodo exercise for 2016.
The exercise showed crews how to work together with ships from multi-national countries in peacekeeping operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Today, they proudly re-entered our shores with their heads up, ready to impart their knowledge to colleagues.
They have gone down in PNG history after they sailed the 6,000 nautical miles to and from Indonesia.
Along the way, they lost communication; and this has shown their need to have modern communication technology installed.
An outstanding role model was Lieutenant Laizah Anthony, Commanding Officer of Dreger, from Hela Province, who was commended for leading the men.
He said it was not easy sailing two boats to Indonesia.
This is the first exercise for the PNGDF Navy for this year.
Two more exercises will come soon, with continued support needed from the government.