09 September 2011

RI, Australian special forces launch joint training exercise


The Indonesian Army Special Forces (Kopassus) is currently conducting a two-week joint training exercise with the Australian Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) in the Thousand Islands regency, northern Jakarta.

Members of the special forces from both countries will take part in exercises on shooting reactions, and marine terrorism prevention, tempointeraktif.com reported Thursday.

Kopassus commander Maj. Gen. Lodewijk F. Paulus officially opened the joint exercise on Tuesday at the Kopassus headquarters in Cijantung, Jakarta.

The exercise is hoped to bridge the exchange of knowledge between the two delegations, and improve cooperation between both countries, he said.

“It also aims to improve the forces’ abilities and skills in personal and group fighting techniques and tactics,” he said.

He added that Indonesian and Australian forces had been carrying out joint exercises since 1992.

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