The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI) today concluded a Joint Counter-Terrorism (CT) exercise held in Singapore from 14 to 16 July 2012. Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LG) Neo Kian Hong and Commander-in-Chief of the TNI Admiral (ADM) Agus Suhartono officiated at the closing ceremony at the Lim Chu Kang Training Area this morning. Prior to the closing ceremony, LG Neo and ADM Suhartono observed a combined CT demonstration by participating SAF and TNI troops.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, LG Neo noted that the success of the Joint CT exercise was "due to the collective effort and strong contributions from both militaries". He also added that the Joint CT exercise "is indeed a testament to the depth of our relationship and the familiarity of both armed forces working together". ADM Suhartono also highlighted that the Joint CT exercise has strongly motivated and encouraged the two countries to deeply understand the various aspects of counter-terrorism.
About 150 personnel from the SAF and the TNI participated in the three-day exercise, which included professional exchanges and component CT training.
The conduct of this joint CT exercise underscores the excellent and long-standing ties between the Singapore and Indonesian armed forces. Besides bilateral exercises, both militaries also engage in other professional exchanges and cross-attendance of professional courses. These regular interactions have served to enhance the close ties and mutual understanding between personnel of the two armed forces.