Subject: Indonesia, U.S. Holding Joint Military Exercise

Indonesia, U.S. holding joint military exercise

JAKARTA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia and the United States began a joint military exercise on Monday that would run until Thursday, a navy official said.

The chief of the Indonesian Western Fleet Command Rear Admiral Agus Suhartono said at an opening ceremony for the naval engagement activities (NEA) military exercise that the two sides are also to discuss "natural disasters, boarding party and other matters of the kind".

The U.S. navy would also demonstrate a communications system used by American ships and also their communications structure "so we could learn something from them," he was quoted by national Antara News Agency as saying.

The exercise would involve around 700 Indonesian and U.S. navy personnel. Two U.S. warships, namely, USS Harpers Ferry/HFY (LSD- 49) and FFG-54 USS Ford have already arrived at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port.

Agus said the exercise was different from the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise held by the two countries' navies every other year.

The activities would consist of symposiums and trainings such as symposiums on humanitarian assistance, on natural disaster recovery assistance, sea laws, laws on armed conflicts, joint operations at sea, piracy, engagement rules, war victim treatment tactics, tactical and river operations and training on light weaponry and on how to embark on a vessel during inspections and searches.

------------- Joyo Indonesia News Service

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