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Singapore, Indonesia armies conduct annual bilateral exercise

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SINGAPORE: -- Channel News Asia reported that about 300 army personnel from Indonesia and Singapore are taking part in an annual bilateral exercise from Oct 12 to 23, citing a Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) release Wednesday morning.

The personnel are from the Headquarters 3rd Singapore Infantry Brigade and 6th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment and TNI AD 7th Infantry Brigade and 121st Infantry Battalion, MINDEF said in a news release.

Code-named Safkar Indopura, the 12-day combined battalion field exercise provides opportunities for both armies to build stronger bonds and deepen mutual understanding, it said.

First conducted in 1989, Exercise Safkar Indopura underscores the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Indonesia, said MINDEF. Besides bilateral exercises, the Singapore Army and TNI AD also engage in a wide range of bilateral activities, including visits, professional exchanges and cross-attendance of courses.

“These interactions have enhanced the interoperability between the two armies and helped foster mutual understanding between their personnel”, the ministry added.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/singapore-indonesia-armies-conduct-annual-bilateral-exercise

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-- Thai PBS 2015-10-22

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