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Chan Chun Sing visits SAF troops in New Zealand

Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing visited SAF troops at an artillery exercise, codenamed Thunder Warrior, at the Waiouru Training Area in New Zealand on Friday.

SINGAPORE: Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing visited Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troops at an artillery exercise, codenamed Thunder Warrior, at the Waiouru Training Area in New Zealand on Friday.

During his visit, Mr Chan witnessed a battalion live-firing exercise involving the Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH), Primus, and spoke to SAF troops.

The 13-day exercise, which ends next Saturday, involves about 400 personnel from the 21st and 24th Battalions, Singapore Artillery.

Gunners from the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) also joined the Singapore Artillery in a segment of the exercise.

Exercise Thunder Warrior has been conducted annually in New Zealand since 1997, and underscores the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and New Zealand.

The SAF and the NZDF interact extensively through a wide range of bilateral and multilateral training exercises, professional exchanges, visits and courses.  

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