At the opening ceremony of the drill (Photo: baohaiquanvietnam.vn)

The event is a non-war drill prioritizing regional maritime cooperation and disaster management, said Admiral Yudo Margono, Commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces.

Indonesia Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Ali said the friendship exercise aims to share knowledge and experience between countries.

A total of 36 nations are participating in the biennial event, including the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Brunei, the U.K., and Vietnam.   

Lasting until June 8, it features a series of activities, including an international fleet review, an international maritime security symposium, cultural and sport exchanges, and bilateral meetings.

Source: VNA