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Updated: 12/01/2012 02:43 | By Channel NewsAsia

Singapore, Indonesia air forces conclude bilateral exercises

Singapore, Indonesia air forces conclude bilateral exercises


Singapore, Indonesia air forces conclude bilateral exercises

SINGAPORE: The air forces of Singapore and Indonesia have concluded their bilateral exercises with a combined closing ceremony in Lombok.

Singapore’s Chief of Air Force Major—General Ng Chee Meng and Indonesian Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff Air Marshal Dede Rusamsi co—officiated at the ceremony on Friday afternoon.

A Ministry of Defence statement said the air forces took part in two exercises in recent weeks.

Exercise Elang Indopura, the 17th in the series, was conducted in two phases.

The first phase, a command post exercise, was held in Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore from October 17 to 18.

The second phase, an air manoeuvre exercise, was held in Lombok from November 19 to 30.

More than 150 personnel from both countries participated in the exercise.

Six F—5S/T fighter aircraft from Singapore and four Hawk 109/209 fighter aircraft from Indonesia were deployed.

Exercise Camar Indopura, the 20th in the series, was held from November 27 to 30.

A two—day joint socio—civic programme was conducted in conjunction with both exercises.

A Singapore military medical—dental team, together with their Indonesian military counterparts, provided medical and dental services to the local community on November 28 and 29.

The MINDEF statement said the exercises underscore the strong and close defence relationship between Singapore and Indonesia.

They also serve to boost the professionalism of the two air forces, as well as enhance mutual understanding and closer relations between the two air forces.

— CNA/de

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