US and Indonesia Begin Exercise Garuda Canti Dharma 2022
The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) and US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) have launched Exercise Garuda Canti Dharma 2022 (GCD22).
More than 70 personnel from the United States and 420 from TNI, along with 350 personnel from partner nations, are engaged in the exercise in support of UN and global peacekeeping and stability operations.
Partner country militaries are also part of the annual international peacekeeping field training exercise held at the Indonesian peacekeeping training center, Pusat Misi Pemeliharaan Perdamaian (PMPP).
Participants will take part in a training event for UN peacekeeping operations personnel, on-the-job training and a critical enabling capacity-building event.
Training events will focus on improving interoperability and reinforcing common tactics, techniques and procedures based on UN doctrine.
During the opening ceremony, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kyle Richardson praised the efforts of the Indonesian government, the Indonesian National Defense Forces and the Peacekeeping Training Center for hosting the exercise. .
Richardson said: “To the peacekeepers and peacekeeper trainers who have traveled from five continents, representing 22 countries, I thank you and your governments for your efforts to be here as we emerge from the global pandemic.
“This exercise will better prepare peacekeepers for upcoming UN deployments and better prepare you to train your fellow peacekeepers.”
Jointly sponsored by USINDOPACOM and TNI, the event is held on a rotating basis.
Staff from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam have been invited to participate in Garuda Canti Dharma 2022.
The multinational exercise is due to end on July 31.