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Updated: 03/27/2013 02:35 | By Channel NewsAsia

S’pore, Thailand conclude Exercise Kocha Singa

S’pore, Thailand conclude Exercise Kocha Singa


S’pore, Thailand conclude Exercise Kocha Singa

SINGAPORE: The armies of Singapore and Thailand concluded a bilateral army exercise, codenamed Exercise Kocha Singa on Tuesday morning. The exercise, the 15th in the series, was held in Singapore from March 19 to 26.

It involved personnel from the SAF’s 3rd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment and the Royal Thai Army’s (RTA) 1st Infantry Battalion from the 2nd Infantry Regiment.

The exercise also included professional interactions, live—firing, as well as participation in urban operations training in Murai Urban Training Facility.

The closing ceremony was officiated by Chief of Army Major—General (MG) Ravinder Singh and the Thai Army’s Commander—in—Chief General Prayut Chan—O—Cha.

MG Singh spoke about the bilateral relations and friendships forged over bilateral exercises like Exercise Kocha Singa.

He said: "The Singapore Army and the Royal Thai Army also share a close friendship forged over decades of mutual co—operation, professional exchanges and exercises spanning across the various arms."

First conducted in 1997, Exercise Kocha Singa underscores the close and long—standing defence ties between Singapore and Thailand and serves to enhance the interoperability between the two armies.

Both armies also interact regularly through professional exchanges, visits and courses. These interactions have strengthened the professionalism, friendship and mutual understanding among their personnel.

—CNA/ac

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