Singapore and Brunei mark 20th anniversary of bilateral air defence exercise

Singapore and Brunei mark 20th anniversary of bilateral air defence exercise
Republic of Singapore Air Force Chief of Air Force Major-General (centre) and Royal Brunei Air Force Commander Brigadier-General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Wardi bin Haji Abdul Latip (right) sealing the time capsule at the closing ceremony.

SINGAPORE - Together with the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF), the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is participating in a bilateral air defence exercise from September 29 to October 14.

The exercise codenamed Exercise Airguard will be held at Bukit Agok Range in Brunei.

This will be the twentieth in the series and will involve more than 60 personnel and six Mistral Ground-Based Air Defence systems from the RSAF and RBAirF.

RSAF Chief of Air Force, Major-General Hoo Cher Mou officiated at the closing ceremony withCommander of the RBAirF, Brigadier-General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Wardi bin Haji Abdul Latip, at Rimba Air Base in Brunei on Friday morning. Senior officials from the two air forces also attended the ceremony.

The exercise is aimed at allowing participants to enhance their combat readiness and operational capabilities.

Commander of Divisional Air Defence Group and the RSAF Exercise Director Colonel (COL) Joseph Tan led the RSAF delegation this year. He said: "We value the opportunity to train alongside our Bruneian counterparts regularly in the air defence exercise as it not only hones our air defence proficiency and enhances our interoperability, but also deepens the close and long-standing relationship between the RSAF and RBAirF."

Besides Exercise Airguard, the RSAF and RBAirF also interact regularly through a variety of activities, including visits, professional exchanges and courses.

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