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SAF takes part in multilateral exercise in Thailand

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is taking part in a multilateral exercise in Phitsanulok, Thailand from February 11 to 21.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is taking part in a multilateral exercise in Phitsanulok, Thailand from February 11 to 21.

A Defence Ministry statement said the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) and the United States Pacific Command (US PACOM) are co-hosting Exercise Cobra Gold.

Four other countries are also involved in the exercise.

The statement said this year's multilateral exercise, the 33rd in the series, will focus on peace support and stability operations.

The 61-member SAF contingent taking part in this year's exercise is led by Chief Guards Officer Brigadier-General Desmond Tan Kok Ming.

On the sidelines of the exercise, an SAF team, together with RTARF and US PACOM, will build a multi-purpose hall for the local population.

Another SAF medical team will educate local healthcare personnel on disease prevention and proper sanitation practices under a humanitarian civic action programme.

The statement said Exercise Cobra Gold promotes mutual understanding, friendship and professionalism among the personnel of the participating armed forces.

Representatives from 11 other countries are also involved in this year's exercise as observers.

The SAF has been a full participant of the multilateral exercise since year 2000. 

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