Public warned to keep clear of military training exercises

A soldier running with his weapon during the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Readiness Exercise held on Aug 2, 2011 at Pulau Sudong. The SAF will be conducting a range of military exercises from from 8am on June 29 to 8am on July 6.
A soldier running with his weapon during the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Readiness Exercise held on Aug 2, 2011 at Pulau Sudong. The SAF will be conducting a range of military exercises from from 8am on June 29 to 8am on July 6.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has advised the public not to be alarmed and to keep clear of certain areas as it conducts a range of military exercises from Monday, June 29.

Blanks and thunderflashes will be used during exercises in Seletar, Marsiling, Jalan Bahar, Neo Tiew, Lim Chu Kang, Jalan Kwok Min, Tuas, Upper Jurong, Hong Kah, Ama Keng, Bedok Jetty, Kranji, Lentor, Simpang, Sembawang and Mandai from 8am on June 29 to 8am on July 6.

The SAF will also conduct live firing exercises at the Pasir Laba (Safti) live firing area from 8am on June 29 to 8am on July 6.

Sea vessels and crafts sailing through the western Johor Straits during that time are to keep within the 75m navigable sea lane and not to stray into the live firing boundary.

Live ammunition and flares will be used.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will conduct live firing exercises around Pulau Sudong, Pulau Pawai and Pulau Senang from 7am to 11pm daily from June 29 to July 3 and from 8am to 1pm on July 4.

Flares will be released during the night firing.

The three islands are proclaimed manoeuvring and firing grounds. The public is advised to keep clear of these islands which lie within the live firing areas. They are also advised to stay clear of the prohibited waters off Changi Naval Base and Tuas Naval Base.

To prepare for an aerial display at the National Day Parade, the RSAF will conduct rehearsals across the island every Saturday, starting from July 4 until Aug 1 from 5pm to 8.30pm.

lesterh@sph.com.sg