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SAF, PLA special forces hone counter-terrorism capabilities during Exercise ‘Co-operation 2019'

07 August 2019
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Singapore Armed Forces and People's Liberation Army special forces personnel conducting a mock urban assault against a simulated terrorist threat. Source: MINDEF

Special forces and reconnaissance personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) successfully concluded the latest edition of the bilateral Exercise 'Co-operation' held in Singapore from 27 July to 5 August.

The 10-day army drill focused on counter-terrorism operations in urban environments, and involved approximately 240 personnel from the SAF's 3rd Singapore Division and 1st Commando Battalion, as well as the PLA Southern Theater Command Army (STCA)'s 74th Army Group.

According to the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Exercise 'Co-operation 2019' is the fourth and most complex iteration of the exercise series since its inception in 2009. It comprised three segments: commando component training, live firing, and a combined urban operations field training exercise.

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