Singapore, Australia conducts joint naval exercises

RSS Valour crew saluting their Royal Australian Navy counterparts to conclude Exercise Singaroo 2020. Colonel Ho Jee Kien was deputy commander of the exercise task group. Photo courtesy: Republic Of Singapore.

They defended against “enemy” aircraft attacks and coordinated simultaneous flights of manned helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at sea – these scenarios put members of the Singapore and Australian navies to the test during the latest Exercise Singaroo.

Other than honing competencies, the biennial exercise between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Royal Australian Navy – now in its 25th year – has been a platform to building enduring friendships with a regional neighbour, reports the Straits Times.

This military exercise is conducted to develop it into the signature bilateral joint military exercise, under the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) concluded by both Prime Ministers in June 2015. It features the largest contribution from the Singaporean military since the exercise series was launched in 2013, and involves a battalion-level amphibious operation with the objective of securing the beach front and inland objectives as well as a battalion-level heli-borne insertion operation. SAF platforms from all three services are also participating in the exercise, including the Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo V from the Singapore Army; the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, CH-47 Chinook helicopter, AS 332M Super Puma helicopter, and Heron-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from the Republic of Singapore Air Force; as well as the Landing Ship Tank RSS Resolution from the Republic of Singapore Navy. 

The exercise provides many opportunities for both armed forces to enhance their professionalism and interoperability as well as strengthen people-to-people ties, such as team-building activities and cross training on urban operations.

The Singaporean Navy and the Royal Australian Navy share a long history of military cooperation, with extensive interactions that include bilateral and multilateral exercises, mutual visits, professional exchanges, the cross attendance of personnel at professional courses, and operational deployments such as in the Middle East and in the Pacific region.

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