Aussie Abrams deployed to Indonesia

At the invitation of Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), more than 125 personnel from the Australian Defence Force will take part in Exercise Super Garuda Shield 2023.

CAPTION: An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tank is loaded onto the USAV SSGT. Robert T. Kuroda at the Port of Darwin, NT, bound for Indonesia for Exercise Super Garuda Shield 23. Photo by Captain Annie Richardson.

Exercise Super Garuda Shield is a TNI- and United States Indo-Pacific Command-led bilateral training activity in and around East Java from 31 August to 13 September.

Australian Army is contributing a troop of M1A1 Abrams tanks from the 1st Armoured Regiment, an infantry platoon from the 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australian Regiment, command and control elements, and a range of armoured vehicles, trucks and recovery vehicles.

The tanks and other vehicles were transported from their base in Adelaide to Darwin Port, and loaded onto US Army Vessel SSGT. Robert T. Kuroda bound for Surabaya in Indonesia, last week.

This exercise will provide training for ADF personnel and rehearse the ADF’s ability to collaborate with partner nations to effectively deploy significant land forces, including tanks, across the Indo-Pacific region.






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6 thoughts on “Aussie Abrams deployed to Indonesia

    • 27/08/2023 at 6:02 pm

      Well spotted Rosco, that’s the Yanks for you.

      ”For America to be displaced by an Asian people long despised and dismissed with contempt as decadent, feeble, corrupt and inept, is emotionally very difficult to accept.
      The sense of cultural supremacy of the Americans will make this adjustment most difficult.”
      Lee Kwan Yew

      Ain’t that the truth!

  • 27/08/2023 at 5:00 pm

    MBTs for urban warfare in jam-packed roads? Or assaults across 6000 occupied islands? “Mangrove swamps and marshes flourish along the coast; tropical rain forests cover most of the terrain up to 3000 feet”. Doesn’t sound very armour-friendly with plenty of ground cover for concealment of manpack anti-armour weapons.

  • 27/08/2023 at 3:12 pm

    Is it perhaps possible that you might be on the wrong website?
    There are any number of Far Left Socialist anti-ADF, anti-Australian sites that might better suit and appreciate your particular brand of negative invective.

  • 27/08/2023 at 10:39 am

    Did the R.A.A.C. FINALLY get a ‘Protected Species Movement Order’ from the Dept of Environment to shift those overpriced, missile magnets off-shore?

    In some reality reporting from a real War.
    Russian Federation Armed Forces report the thermal signature of the illustrious ABRAMS is so great it can be EASILY spotted by hand-held thermals at multiple kilometres and now even by Space based assets!

    Who’d a thunk or cared a Jet Turbine Engine @ 3000rpm in a Steel box in a empty paddock could rival the Byron Bay Lighthouse for heat energy?
    I’ll bet it wasn’t a Yank Military contractor!

    For those who stick to the Picture books, a little news snippet.
    The International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) reports the Worlds most sanctioned Country Russia, has now surpassed Germany as the Worlds 5th largest Economy.
    Proof that being a U.S. Enemy may be dangerous, but as an Ally it is fatal.

    Neutrality for Australia.



    • 27/08/2023 at 3:16 pm

      Thats the hard and true reality, i was also wondering on the quarantine on the way back,as we get our vehicles impounded for months as there are no inspectors.
      Or are these tanks going to be ”gifted” from our taxmoney ? afterall we are broke aperently no money for law enforcement or heathcare,etc. but still wasting on ”cultural” votes NO


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