SAF doubles training time in Germany in new agreement

The Singapore Armed Forces armour will now be able to double their training time in Germany as part of a recent agreement between the two countries, the Defence Ministry said in a press statement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen visited Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel taking part in Exercise Panzer Strike at the Nato-Bergen Training Area in Germany on Tuesday. The exercise,which began in April and ended a few days ago, is the fifth in a series since it started in 2009,

Dr Ng, during his visit, witnessed a successful bilateral live-firing involving the 2nd Company of the 48th Battalion of the Singapore Armoured Regiment and their German counterparts from the Bundeswehr's 33rd Panzer Battalion.

He said in a statement on Wednesday that the exercise made the troops "very confident of themselves" and extended his appreciation to them for their professionalism and dedication. He also emphasised the importance of overseas training in providing realistic and challenging training opportunities for the SAF to hone its operational readiness.