Australian soldiers are taking part in the Garuda Shield exercise in Baturaja with dozens of countries

Bisnis.comPALEMBANG – Australian Defense Force participates in supertraining for the first time Garuda Shield which took place in Baturaja, South Sumatra.

Is known, Garuda Shield is military training a two-week joint event historically held between the Indonesian National Army (TNI) and US Indo-Pacific Command.

Australian Lt. Gen. Simon Stuart said Australia will focus on the exercises to further improve military response and build a cooperative relationship with Indonesia.

“Indonesia is my first foreign policy priority since I took up this post. It is very important to keep improving the existing cooperation between our two armies,” he said in a press statement on Wednesday (March 8, 2022).

According to him, up to 90 Australian troops will participate in the exercise, with a focus on combined arms interoperability through opportunities to train with the Indonesian military and, of course, strengthening bilateral military ties between Australia and Indonesia.

“One infantry company from 5th Battalion, 1st Combat Brigade in Darwin, as well as observers from Special Operations Command and the Combat Training Center will be participating in this exercise,” he said.

It is known that the Joint Joint Exercise (Latgabma) Super Garuda Shield 2022 was held at Widya Daya Yudha Field, Puslapur Kodiklat, East OKU Regency.

The Latgbma activity, which was attended by thousands of army personnel from 13 countries, was opened by the Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), Gen. Andika Perkasa, along with the Commander-General of the US Pacific Army, Gen. Charles Flynn.

The governor of South Sumatra, Herman Deru, assessed the activities of the soldiers from 13 countries as positive for the economy.

“With the presence of soldiers from 13 countries, it creates a new spirit here for economic revival, including development, which the TNI commander pays attention to,” he said.

TNI Commander Andika Perkasa hopes that this activity can strengthen the ties between the countries so that it will later be useful for the community.

“Where we practice this, it can strengthen relationships so that the friendship lasts until we practice and is beneficial to society,” he said.

He added that joint exercises with the 2022 Super Garuda Shield were held from August 1 to 14, 2022 at three different locations, namely Combat Training Center in Baturaja, Marine Combat Training Center in Dabo Singkep and Combat Training Center in Amborawang .

“The countries involved are the United States, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, India, Timor-Leste, Canada, France and the United Kingdom,” he said.

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