RBAF, SAF to co-host counter-terror exercise

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) are set to co-host the Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism Field Training Exercise (MS & CT FTX) next month.

Coordinated under the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus, the exercise will involve the 10 ASEAN members along with Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States.

Approximately 3,000 personnel, 18 ships, 17 helicopters, two maritime patrol aircraft and Special Forces from the 18 nations will also be deployed.

The exercise is slated to take place from May 2 to 12 in Brunei and Singapore, where the participating ships will set sail from the sultanate to conduct drills en route to the island city-state before concluding with a counter-terrorism scenario in Singapore.

MS & CT FTX’s objective is to enhance military practical cooperation and build upon the militaries’ experiences of previous exercises.

It also aims to develop military-to-military interoperability, coordination and cooperation among the participating nations in addition to a more effective response towards maritime challenges in the Asia Pacific region.

“Hopefully, this exercise will promote and accentuate the importance and relevance of the ADMM Plus in the regional security structure,” said the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) yesterday.

Ahead of next month’s MS & CT FTX, they added detailed planning and preparation have been undertaken through the initial planning conference in February 2015, main planning conference in October 2015 and final planning conference in March 2016.

MinDef noted the ADMM Plus has become an effective platform for practical defence cooperation among the participating countries.

“This was proven in the year 2013 when Brunei successfully conducted the ADMM Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise from 17 to 20 June 2013 in which 3,400 personnel participated,” they said.

The Brunei Times