SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is participating in a multilateral exercise in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Exercise Cobra Gold involves the SAF, United States Pacific Command (US PACOM), Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF), Japan Self—Defense Force, the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, Indonesian National Defence Forces and Malaysian Armed Forces.
The exercise, from February 11—21, is the 32nd in the series. It focuses on peace support and stability operations.
The 48—member SAF contingent will undertake the role of staff planners for the Multinational Combined Task Force, alongside their counterparts from the other participating nations.
On the sidelines of the exercise, an SAF team, together with their US and Thai counterparts, will construct a multipurpose hall and sanitation facilities for the local population.
This is part of a civic action programme.
Singapore’s Ministry of Defence said Exercise Cobra Gold promotes mutual understanding, friendship and professionalism among the personnel of the participating armed forces.
Representatives from ten other countries are also involved, as observers.
The SAF has been a full participant of this multilateral exercise since 2000.
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