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Huge gains for SAF by training in US: Dr Ng Eng Hen

Published on Dec 15, 2013 7:59 AM
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen with participants of Exercise Forging Sabre, a two-week-long integrated live-firing exercise in Arizona involving 700 Singaporean airmen and soldiers. -- PHOTO: MINDEF

The Singapore Armed Forces has gained immensely from training in the United States, where training sites several times the size of Singapore have allowed its troops to overcome land constraints at home, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen as he wrapped up an official visit here.

During his four-day trip, Dr Ng visited a massive training site in Arizona, some 19 times larger than Singapore, to witness the ongoing Exercise Forging Sabre.

The two-week-long integrated live-firing exercise involved 700 Singaporean airmen and soldiers, as well as a whole host of SAF vehicles and weapons such as F-15 and F-16 fighter jets, Apache and Chinook helicopters and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

Dr Ng noted that the rockets have a range of 70km, which is "longer than the length of Singapore".

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