ROCKHAMPTON, Australia - In another milestone for Singapore and Australia's bilateral military relations, troops from both countries will participate in an urban-based exercise in Rockhampton on Monday.
Around 100 soldiers from the Singapore Guards and the 7th Royal Australian Regiment will mount a capture of buildings ranging from single to 4 storeys at the Urban Operations Training Facility located in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). The facility is modelled after a township, with shipping containers used to simulate areas such as a marketplace and residential buildings.
In preparation for the exercise, a sharing session on urban tactics and a dry-run was conducted on Sunday, which The Straits Times attended.
Before conducting the urban operation at dawn on Monday, troops will be inserted onto the ground, some 7km away from their objective, via helicopter the night before.
The exercise is part of the ongoing seven-day bilateral military operation called Exercise Trident, which is now in its second year.
On Saturday, troops from both armies performed a beach landing together for the first time at Freshwater Bay in SWBTA.
The ship-to-shore exercise, which also involved Singapore's air force and navy, was observed by Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing and Australia's Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert.