S'pore and US armies conduct bilateral training exercise in Hawaii

Chief of Staff, 9th Singapore Division, Colonel Mohamad Fadzully bin Abas (3rd from left) co-officiated the opening ceremony of Exercise Tiger Balm with his US counterpart, Deputy Division Commander of the 25th Infantry Division, United States Army Pacific, Brigadier-General Todd B. McCaffrey (3rd from right).

The Singapore and the United States Armies are conducting an annual bilateral training exercise, codenamed Tiger Balm, in Hawaii from July 15 to 27.

Chief of Staff, 9th Singapore Division (9 DIV), Colonel (COL) Mohamad Fadzully bin Abas and the Deputy Division Commander of the 25th Infantry Division (25 ID), United States Army Pacific (USARPAC), Brigadier-General (BG) Todd B. McCaffrey, co-officiated the exercise's opening ceremony in Hawaii this morning.

A statement released today by the Ministry of Defence said that the brigade-level exercise involves about 300 personnel from the 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, 9 DIV; 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 25 ID, USARPAC; and 29th IBCT, Hawaii Army National Guard. A command post exercise focusing on peace support and stability operations will be conducted.

Speaking after the opening ceremony, COL Fadzully highlighted that Exercise Tiger Balm enhances the strong relationship between the two armies. He said, "This exercise is a good platform for both armies to interoperate and exchange best practices. We value the training opportunities and look forward to the professional interactions with the US Army."

BG McCaffrey highlighted that this exercise "allows our division to partner and improve our interoperability with one of Asia's most advanced and well trained armies." He added that both armies could "gain a deepened understanding of the tactics, techniques, and procedures each of our units use to accomplish their mission."