Thailand, Indonesia launch joint military exercise

Friday, 13 April 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 15 By  Manoon Makpol

Thailand and Indonesia launched four months of joint naval exercises aimed at strengthening the relationship between the two countries and mutually improving military tactical skills.

Capt. Nikit Tirakayot, director the Royal Thai Navy’s Frigate 1 Division and Indonesian Capt. Aan Kurnia signed the agreement for the 16th set of games between the two countries March 29 at the Diana Garden Resort.

Capt. Nikit Tirakayot (left) and Capt. Aan Kurnia (right) sign an agreement to launch four months of joint naval exercises. Capt. Nikit Tirakayot (left) and Capt. Aan Kurnia (right) sign an agreement to launch four months of joint naval exercises.

Dubbed “Sea Garuda,” the long-running exercise will feature joint practice sessions that will help Thailand and Indonesia’s armed forces cooperate for the benefit of both countries’ population, Nikit said.

The exercise is slated to run through August.

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