Australia and Indonesia complete training on humanitarian aid

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The Australian Defense Force (ADF) and the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) have completed an annual joint command post exercise focused on the planning and execution of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations ).

Exercise NUSA BHAKTI AUSINDO 22 (NBA22) took place November 7-11 in Surabaya, Indonesia, bringing together more than 60 personnel from both countries for training to strengthen HADR coordination.

Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Air Vice Marshal Michael Kitcher said the exercise was designed to establish and foster mutual cooperation.

“This bilateral training alternates between Australia and Indonesia each year with the goal of testing a wide range of specialist functions and improving interoperability in the event of a natural disaster,” said Air Vice Marshal Kitcher.

Indonesia, as the host country this year, has developed a rich exercise scenario based on a volcanic eruption and simultaneous flooding in Bali. Previous years’ scenarios included earthquakes and tsunamis in Indonesia, and cyclones and floods in Australia.

“Exercise NBA22 is part of the development cycle of bilateral joint planning activities that are increasing in complexity over the period 2021-2025,” Air Vice Marshal Kitcher said.

NBA22 has been supported by a range of government and emergency service organizations, including the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Indonesian Red Cross and respective agencies disaster and emergency management of the two countries.

ADF and TNI have previously supported each other during real-life natural disasters, including more recently ADF’s support to Indonesia following the devastating Palu earthquake and tsunami in 2018, and support from the TNI to Australia during the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20.

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Richard V. Johnson