Kamis, 04 Desember 2014

Singapore and Indonesia Air Forces Conclude Bilateral Air Exercises

The RSAF’s F-5S/T fighter aircraft flying alongside fighter jets from the TNI-AU at Exercise Elang Indopura 2014. -- PHOTO: MINDEF

Pekanbaru (MI) : The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) participated in two bilateral exercises, codenamed Elang Indopura and Camar Indopura, with the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU). Chief of Air Force, Major-General Hoo Cher Mou, and Chief of Staff TNI-AU, Air Chief Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia, co-officiated at the closing ceremony of Exercise Elang Indopura at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base, Pekanbaru, Indonesia today.

This year's Exercise Elang Indopura is the 18th in the series. The exercise comprised a Command Post Exercise from 11 to 14 November 2014 at Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore; and an Air Manoeuvre Exercise from 24 November to 4 December 2014 at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base. More than 150 personnel from the two air forces participated in the exercise, with the RSAF deploying five F-5S/T fighter aircraft and the TNI-AU deploying five Hawk 109/209 fighter aircraft. As part of the exercise, a medical and dental team from the Singapore Armed Forces also provided basic health and dental services to the local community on 1 and 2 December 2014. 

Commander Fighter Group and RSAF Exercise Director Colonel Nalpon Patrick Selvan said, "The opportunity to train with our counterparts has enabled both air forces to strengthen our professional competencies. It has also allowed us to forge new friendships and deepen relations between the RSAF and TNI-AU."       

The two air forces also conducted a bilateral maritime air surveillance exercise codenamed Exercise Camar Indopura, the 22nd in the series, from 25 to 27 November 2014 in Pekanbaru. The RSAF participated with a Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), while the TNI-AU participated with a CN-235 MPA. 

Exercise Elang Indopura and Exercise Camar Indopura are excellent platforms to enhance professionalism and mutual understanding, and increase interoperability between the two air forces. These bilateral exercises also underscore the strong and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Indonesia.

Sumber : Mindef

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