Over 60 members of the Australian and Indonesian militaries took part in the annual Exercise Nusa Bhakti Ausindo, enhancing the planning and execution of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Hosting this year’s exercise, Indonesia created a scenario in which both militaries sharpened their humanitarian response capabilities during a fictional volcanic eruption.
Significantly impacting Bali, the scenario flooded the region in ash, rocks and acid as well as 3.5-metre flooding.
The scenario also saw over 3,000 people killed and injured, with 122,000 people fleeing the area.
The exercise deepened the relationship between both nations’ militaries.
“Activities such as NBA22 help develop friendships, deepen understanding of each other and develop standard operating procedures and processes,” Air Force Attaché Group Captain Kenneth Bowes said.
“The broad range of people involved will provide realistic exposure to the way Australia and Indonesia will deal with a HADR response in the Asia-Pacific region.”