Chief of Defence Force receives Indonesia's highest military award

Above: Indonesian Minister of Defence Dr Purnomo Yusgiantoro congratulating LG Neo Kian Hong after conferring the award on him at the Defence Ministry in Jakarta.

Singapore's Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Lieutenant-General (LG) Neo Kian Hong was presented the Bintang Yudha Dharma Utama (Grand Meritorious Military Order) at the Defence Ministry in Jakarta today.

Presenting the award was Indonesia Minister of Defence, Dr Purnomo Yusgiantoro, on behalf of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The Bintang Yudha Dharma Utama is Indonesia's highest military award and it was presented to LG Neo in reflection of the long-standing and strong defence relations between Singapore and Indonesia.

The armed forces of both countries interact regularly in a range of activities, including visits, professional exchanges, and bilateral exercises.

These interactions have enhanced the mutual understanding and close ties between the two armed forces.

Dr Purnomo and the Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian National Defence Forces Admiral Agus Suhartono had been called upon early today by LG Neo who is in Indonesia for a three-day visit.

As part of his official programme, LG Neo will visit the Indonesia Peace and Security Centre tomorrow.

rchia@sph.com.sg

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