"The joint exercise between the TNI AD (the Indonesian Army) and Singapore Armed Force (SAF) code-named Latma Safkat Indopura is aimed at forging military ties between the two nations and facilitating coordination in case of joint operation anytime in the future," spokesman for the Brawijaya Regional Military Command V Colonel Singgih Pambudi noted in a press statement released on Monday.
The 30th joint exercise will take place at the education, training, and battle depot of the regional military command`s main regiment in Situbondo District on Nov 12-19 and involve 290 TNI AD personnel and 170 SAF personnel.
He said Commander of the Wira Yudha Infantry Brigade 16 Infantry Colonel Slamet Riyadi will lead the TNI AD contingent comprising 27 personnel from the Wira Yudha Infantry Brigade 16, 117 personnel from mechanical infantry battalion 512/QY, 116 personnel from mechanical infantry battalion 514/QY, and 30 personnel from cavalry battalion 8/2 of the Army Strategic Command (Kostrad).
"The personnel take part in the Latma Safkat after being selected from their divisions and attending the previous training," he said.
As the joint exercise entered its 30th edition, the two nations have learnt much from the exercise and applied tactical and technical fight skills according to the experience of their respective soldiers, he added.
Reporting by Novi Husdinariyanto/Zumrotun Solichah
Editing by Suharto, Sri Haryati