Zaqy in US to see joint exercise by SAF and US Army, highlights importance of overseas training

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SINGAPORE – Senior Minister of State for Defence Zaqy Mohamad was in the US on Sunday to witness a mixed live-firing train carried out by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the US Military.

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) stated that Train Daring Warrior at Fort Sill within the US state of Oklahoma started on Aug 28 and can end on Tuesday.

Roughly 180 personnel from the SAF and US Military have been concerned on Sunday, together with the Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (Himars) operated by the twenty third Battalion of the Singapore Artillery, and the A number of Launch Rocket Programs operated by the US Military’s 3-13 Area Artillery Battalion.

Mr Zaqy witnessed the precision strike capabilities of the Himars, Mindef stated.

He additionally interacted with servicemen and ladies collaborating within the train and thanked them for his or her dedication and dedication.

Talking after his go to, Mr Zaqy expressed confidence within the SAF’s operational capabilities, highlighting the significance of abroad coaching alternatives for the SAF.

He stated: “I witnessed first-hand via immediately’s live-firing train how the SAF makes use of such useful coaching alternatives to conduct life like and complicated coaching that can not be replicated in Singapore resulting from our house constraints.

“The train with the US Military has not solely deepened cooperation between the 2 armies, but in addition allowed the SAF to benchmark itself in opposition to its counterpart.”

He added: “Throughout my go to, I witnessed a excessive degree of proficiency and a robust degree of teamwork amongst our personnel as they carried out the live-firing train.

“I’m assured of their dedication and talent to defend Singapore when referred to as upon.”

This yr’s train is the ninth version of Train Daring Warrior, which was first carried out in 2010.

Mindef stated that this underscores the wonderful and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and the US.

The ministry added that the SAF’s coaching within the US gives useful alternatives for skilled exchanges between the 2 armed forces, strengthening cooperation and deepening people-to-people ties.

The huge coaching house within the US additionally permits the SAF to conduct life like coaching to sharpen operational competencies and improve operational readiness.

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