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The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Australian Defence Force (ADF) conducted a bilateral armour exercise, codenamed Matilda, at the Mount Bundey Training Area in Darwin, Australia.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Australian Defence Force (ADF) conducted a bilateral armour exercise, codenamed Matilda, at the Mount Bundey Training Area in Darwin, Australia.
About 100 personnel from the 48th battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment (48 SAR) and their Leopard 2SG Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) were involved in the training with their Australian counterparts from the 1st Armoured Regiment.
MINDEF said during the two-day exercise from September 16 to 17, both forces had a professional exchange on Main Battle Tanks doctrine and operations, and conducted a series of tactical missions together.
The exercise culminated on Tuesday in manoeuvre training between the Tanks of both armies.
On the significance of the exercise, Lieutenant Colonel Koh Kian Wee, Commanding Officer of 48 SAR, said, "Exercise Matilda is an excellent opportunity for our Army and the ADF to come together to share professional insights and to build rapport. It allows our soldiers to hone their gunnery skills and manoeuvre under challenging and realistic conditions."
MINDEF said Exercise Matilda is testament to the close and long-standing defence ties between Singapore and Australia.
The two armed forces interact extensively through bilateral and multilateral training exercises, mutual visits, as well as professional exchanges and cross attendances of courses.
They have also worked together in close partnership in the multinational reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.