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    Monday, August 31, 2015

    Indonesia sends more soldier to Lebanon

    Tobapos -- Indonesia has dispatched 107 soldiers to join the Maritime Task Force's (MTF's) Garuda Contingent XXVIII-H or the United Nations (U.N.) Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL).

    The soldiers were transported using Multi-Role Light Frigate (MLRF) warship called Bung Tomo-357.

    The departure of the Indonesian soldiers to Lebanon was preceded by a military ceremony led by Commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo at the Military Sea Command Headquarters (Kolinlamil) in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta on Thursday.

    "The on-duty soldiers will have the main task of developing the U.N. mission, and carrying out the Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) to assist the Lebanese Armed Forces during their sovereignty enforcement duties," the Commander said.

    The Bung Tomo-357 warship, commanded by Colonel Yayan, will replace the Sultan Iskandar Muda (SIM KRI-367) warship, which is currently operating in the waters of Lebanon for nearly a year.

    The commander said the group of 107 soldiers were special and had been selected through some very strict testing procedures.

    "They are special soldiers, and include 88 warship crews, helicopter pilots and crew, a medical officer (medical doctor), special forces, divers, an intelligence officer and an information officer," he stated.

    The soldiers will be on duty for 10 months, he added.

    In general, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon has been running well as expected. (ant/adm)

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