Singapore, Thailand and US complete Exercise Cope Tiger

(From left) An F-16C from the Royal Thai Air Force, an F-15C from the United States Pacific Air Force and an F-15SG from the Republic of Singapore Air Force moving together during Exercise Cope Tiger.
(From left) An F-16C from the Royal Thai Air Force, an F-15C from the United States Pacific Air Force and an F-15SG from the Republic of Singapore Air Force moving together during Exercise Cope Tiger. PHOTO: MINDEF
Members of the RSAF's Heron-1 unmanned aerial vehicle squadron participated in a joint training exercise with their Thai counterparts for the first time under the aegis of Operation Cope Tiger.
Members of the RSAF's Heron-1 unmanned aerial vehicle squadron participated in a joint training exercise with their Thai counterparts for the first time under the aegis of Operation Cope Tiger.PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) concluded the 23rd edition of Exercise Cope Tiger, an annual trilateral air exercise, with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and the United States Pacific Air Forces (US PACAF) in a closing ceremony held earlier today.

The two-phase exercise comprises a planning exercise - which was held in December last year at Changi Naval Base's Multinational Operations and Exercise Centre - and a flying training exercise at Korat Air Force Base in Thailand, said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in a release.

A total of 22 aircraft, eight ground-based air defence systems and approximately 800 personnel represented RSAF in the 11-day exercise, which lasted from March 20 till yesterday.

Three RSAF Heron-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) were deployed in the exercise. The UAVs saw action in Exercise Cope Tiger for the first time in a combined UAV training exercise with the RTAF's Aerostar UAVs.

"The successful conduct of the exercise has further enhanced our interoperability, and bears testament to the strong defence relationship shared between the three participating countries," said Colonel Chan Ching Hao, who was the RSAF's exercise director for Exercise Cope Tiger.

The exercise participants also took part in a two-day joint community service programme, providing basic health and dental services to the local community in the surrounding vicinity of Korat Air Force Base and Chandy Range.

The exercise's closing ceremony was officiated by Singapore's Chief of Air Force, Major-General Meryvn Tan; Chief of the Air Staff in the RTAF, Air Chief Marshal Surasak Toongtong; and Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander of the US PACAF, Major General James O. Eifert.