SINGAPORE - The Chief of Army of the Australian Defence Force, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell called on Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on Friday morning.
Lt-Gen Campbell, who is in Singapore for his introductory visit from Sept 17 to 19, also called on defence chief Major-General Perry Lim and army chief Brigadier-General Melvyn Ong, after inspecting a Guard of Honour at Mindef earlier on Friday.
He will speak at the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College as part of the Distinguished Speakers' Programme, before visiting the Murai Urban Live Firing Facility and Singapore Armed Forces Centre for Military Experimentation later on Friday.
Mindef said his visit underscores the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Australia. The two countries' armies interact regularly through bilateral training exercises, professional exchanges, and attending courses across countries, said the ministry.
Both armies also share a history of operational cooperation, such as the multinational reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. "These extensive interactions have not only enhanced the inter-operability and professionalism of the two armies, but also deepened the professional rapport and friendship between their personnel," said Mindef.
Both armies will also be working together to further strengthen bilateral defence ties and explore new initiatives for military training and cooperation.