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Singapore and US armed forces begin 11-day joint exercise

Published on Jul 30, 2014 9:23 AM
US 7th Fleet Vice-Admiral Robert L. Thomas (left) and Rear-Admiral Timothy Lo shaking hands at the Exercise Carat's opening ceremony. -- PHOTO: MINDEF

About 1,400 soldiers and several battleships and aircraft from the Singapore Armed Forces and the United States Navy and Marine Corps began an 11-day joint exercise yesterday.

The 20th annual Singapore-US Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (Carat) exercise aims to sharpen conventional maritime warfare capabilities such as anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine operations.

It also aims to enhance cooperation between Singapore and US armed forces.

Republic of Singapore Navy Fleet commander Timothy Lo and the commander of the US 7th Fleet, Vice-Admiral Robert L. Thomas, were both at the opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base yesterday morning.

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