The annual joint military exercise Super Garuda Shield 2022, 

the cornerstone of the military partnership between the United States and Indonesia, officially kicked off on Wednesday .

Under the banners of 14 nations, the 16th annual Garuda Shield exercise this year showcases multinational partnership and joint interoperability, 

the US Embassy in Jakarta noted in a statement on Thursday.

this year’s Super Garuda Shield is now one of the biggest joint, multinational exercises in the Indo-Pacific region.

The strong and diverse Super Garuda Shield 2022 features a number of "firsts," 

Over four thousand combined forces personnel, including first-time participants Australia, 

Singapore, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, are participating in support of the exercise.

Other participating nations include Canada, France, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, 

the Republic of Korea, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and the United Kingdom.

Command post exercises where participating troops will practice their ability to plan, command, 

and communicate with each other in a simulated operational environment are also planned.