The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) and US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) have launched Exercise Garuda Canti Dharma 2022 (GCD22).  

Over 70 personnel from the US and 420 from the TNI, as well as 350 personnel from partner nations, are engaged in the exercise to support UN and global peacekeeping and stability operations.

Service members from partner nations are also part of the annual international peacekeeping field training exercise being held at the Indonesian peacekeeping training centre, Pusat Misi Pemeliharaan Perdamaian (PMPP).

The participants will take part in a UN peacekeeping operations staff training event, field training, and a critical enabler capability enhancement event.

Training events will focus on improving interoperability and strengthening common tactics, techniques, and procedures based on UN doctrine.

During the opening ceremony, acting deputy chief of mission Kyle Richardson lauded the efforts of the Indonesian Government, Indonesian National Defense Forces, and the peacekeeping training centre for hosting the exercise.

Richardson said: “For the peacekeepers and peacekeeper trainers that have travelled 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.”

Sponsored jointly by USINDOPACOM and TNI, the event is hosted on a rotational basis.

Personnel from Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam were invited to participate in the Garuda Canti Dharma 2022.   

The multinational exercise is scheduled to conclude on 31 July.