SAF and China's army conduct bilateral training exercise

SAF and China's army conduct bilateral training exercise

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) have started their third bilateral training exercise.

Dubbed Cooperation 2014, the exercise runs from today to Nov 9 in Nanjing, China.

About 70 personnel from each side are taking part in the eight-day exercise, which will include seminars and an infantry exercise with a live-firing demonstration, the SAF said in a statement today.

The SAF is represented by personnel from the 5th Singapore Infantry Regiment and 3rd Singapore Division, while the PLA is represented by personnel from the 179th Brigade and Nanjing Military Region.

SAF said that Cooperation 2014 "underscores the warm and growing defence relations between both armed forces" and said that the two "interact regularly through exchanges of visits, courses, exercises, and port calls".

The opening ceremony this morning was co-officiated by SAF's Assistant Chief of General Staff (Operations), Brigadier-General Siew Kum Wong, and the PLA's Commander of 12th Mixed Group Army, Nanjing Military Region, Major-General Wang Chunning.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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