Saturday, March 24, 2012

Singapore, Thailand and US conclude trilateral air exercise

SINGAPORE: Singapore, Thailand and the United States have concluded a trilateral air exercise, Cope Tiger, at Korat Air Base in Thailand.

The closing ceremony on Friday was officiated by Singapore's Chief of Air Force, Major-General Ng Chee Meng, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Itthaporn Subhawong, and Commander of the United States 13th Air Force, Lieutenant-General Stanley Kresge.

Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Saturday that the exercise, the 18th in its series, was conducted in two phases.

The first phase was a command post exercise held at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore from December 19 to 23 last year.

The second phase, a flying training exercise, was conducted at Korat Air Base from March 12 to 23.

In this year's exercise, about 100 aircraft and 34 ground-based air defence systems were deployed.

More than 2,000 personnel from the three countries took part.

MINDEF said the Republic of Singapore Air Force's F-15SG fighter aircraft also participated in Exercise Cope Tiger for the first time.

The participants also provided basic health and dental services to the local community around Korat Air Base and Chandy Range, as part of a three-day joint socio-civic programme.

MINDEF said Exercise Cope Tiger, which started in 1994, seeks to enhance professionalism and inter-operability among the participating forces, as well as foster closer rapport and mutual understanding among their personnel.

- CNA/cc

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Source From Channel News Asia

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