The Navy began to dispatch its strength in the form of Warships of the Republic of Indonesia (KRI) in the Joint Joint Exercise (Latgabma) Super Garuda Shield 2022. KRI Makassar-590 which will be used as a headquarters ship, Wednesday. (27/07) departed from JITC, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta moving towards Batam to carry out preparation and strengthening of personnel and materials.
In addition to KRI Makassar-590, the Navy also deployed several elements, namely the battleship KRI Bung Tomo-357, KRI Frans Kaisepo-368, KRI John Lie-358, one AKS Panther HS-1311 helicopter, five Marine Corps LVT-7 type tanks, and one Mechanical Infantry company and two Amphibious Reconnaissance teams.
Super Garuda Shield, which also involves military personnel from the Armed Forces of the United States, Australia, Japan, and Singapore, is an annual joint exercise between the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), designed to strengthen interoperability, capability, mutual trust, and cooperation that has built on the two countries’ decades of shared experience.
The United States Indo-Pacific Command deployed its warships, namely USS Charleston (LCS-18), USS Green Bay (LPD-20), one P-8 Posiedon aircraft, two LCAC, and 1 amphibious recon platoon.
Meanwhile, the Republic Singapore Navy (RSN) deployed two warships, namely RSS Supreme and RSS Resolution.
Latgabma Super Garuda Shield 2022 will be held from 1 to 14 August 2022 in several locations in Indonesia, namely Baturaja, Amborawang, and Batam Island and Dabo Singkep by carrying out several training materials.
The first material to be trained is tactical cooperation between surface warship elements and aircraft at the time of cooperative deployment/passex and between Marine elements and the US MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit).
The second training material, the participants studied tactical cooperation between elements in carrying out maritime operations, especially in maritime interdiction operation (MIO) exercises adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Finally, participants will take part in communication exercises (Comex), tactical maneuvering exercises (Manex), photo taking during ship formations at sea (Photoex), search and rescue exercises for people falling at sea (Sarex and Mobex), ship inspection procedure exercises (MIOEX/VBSS), ship cannon firing exercises (GUNEX/NGS), and amphibious operations exercises/force-to-land landing exercises (Amphibiex).
This exercise activity is a leadership order that must be carried out by every Navy Soldier, as well as a form of implementation of the Priority of the Chief of Staff of the Navy (Kasal) Admiral TNI Yudo Margono in facing all threats by building a strength building system through synergistic operation readiness and has high interoperability.