SAF and RSAF military and live firing exercises to start next week

National servicemen (NSmen) inspecting their weapons before a live firing exercise during a mobilisation exercise at Nee Soon Camp.
National servicemen (NSmen) inspecting their weapons before a live firing exercise during a mobilisation exercise at Nee Soon Camp. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will be conducting military and live firing exercises over the next two weeks in various parts of Singapore, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement.

The various exercises will be held from May 9 to 16.

The army will be holding military exercises in 16 areas in the west and north of Singapore, including 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.

Blanks and thunderflashes will be used during the exercises, which will begin at 8am on Monday (May 9) and end at 8am the following Monday (May 16).

During the same period, the SAF will conduct live firing exercises in Pasir Laba (Safti) Live Firing Area.

Sea vessels and crafts sailing through the Western Johor Straits during the period are to keep within the 75m navigable sea lane and not to stray into the live-firing boundary, Mindef said.

Live ammunition and flares will be used during these exercises.

"The public is advised not to be alarmed and to keep clear of these areas," said Mindef in its statement.

The RSAF will be also be conducting live firing exercises around Pulau Sudong, Pulau Pawai and Pulau Senang next week, from May 9 to 15.

Live firing exercises will be conducted on a daily basis from 7am to 11pm from Monday (May 9) to Friday (May 13), and then from 12am on Saturday (May 14) to 4am on Sunday (May 15) and, finally, from 8am to 6pm on Sunday (May 15).

Flares will be released during the night firing.

The public is advised to keep clear of Pulau Pawai, Pulau Senang and Pulau Sudong which lie within the live firing areas, Mindef said.

It added that members of the public should also stay clear of the prohibited waters off Changi Naval Base and Tuas Naval Base.