Sprit of valour exemplified at India-Singapore joint army exercise at Babina

The Indian Army and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) concluded their annual joint training exercise for armoured units ‘Bold Kurukshetra 2019’ at a training facility in Babina, near Jhansi in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

This was the 12th edition of the joint military exercise which was conducted from April 8 to 11.

  Handing over of ceremonial flag taking place at the opening ceremony of India-Singapore joint army exercise at Babina Military station near Jhansi in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India
Handing over of ceremonial flag taking place at the opening ceremony of India-Singapore joint army exercise at Babina Military station near Jhansi in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India

More than 100 SAF personnel from 42 Singapore Armoured Regiment moved into Babina in the first week of April to undertake orientation training and independent drills. Several support units had already moved in earlier to prepare for the exercise.

Upon arrival, the India Army facilitated special lectures and demonstrations for safety including local weather conditions, prevention of heat stroke, handling of medical exigencies and equipment safety.

 Indian and Singapore army officers holding joint sand model discussion during the joint army exercise. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India
Indian and Singapore army officers holding joint sand model discussion during the joint army exercise. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India

As part of the independent drills, the Singapore Army Formation undertook various preparatory evolutions including vehicle handling training and live evolutions of Land Assault Mine Breaching Equipment.

  Brigade Commanders conducting joint review of the parade at the opening ceremony of India-Singapore joint army exercise at Babina Military station. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India
Brigade Commanders conducting joint review of the parade at the opening ceremony of India-Singapore joint army exercise at Babina Military station. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India

At the opening ceremony, a contingent each from both forces took part in a joint parade which was reviewed by Brigade Commanders of both Formations.

After the opening ceremony, troops from both armies quickly got into action and conducted joint tactical discussions and a Table Top Exercise to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability.

  Armoured combat units of India and Singapore jointly undertook various challenging combat manoeuvres including live firing drills during four days of joint exercise. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India
Armoured combat units of India and Singapore jointly undertook various challenging combat manoeuvres including live firing drills during four days of joint exercise. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India

The armoured combat units from both sides jointly undertook various challenging combat manoeuvres including live firing drills during the four days of joint exercise.

SAF undertakes similar bilateral training exercises in India for the artillery units as well as the Fighter Squadrons of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).  

Joint photograph of the Indian and Singapore army personnel who took part in the India-Singapore joint military exercise ‘Bold Kurukshetra 2019’ at Babina Military station. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India
Joint photograph of the Indian and Singapore army personnel who took part in the India-Singapore joint military exercise ‘Bold Kurukshetra 2019’ at Babina Military station. Photo courtesy: Ministry of Defence, India

Both Navies have alternately been hosting an annual maritime exercise for the last 25 years. In keeping with their shared vision for a peaceful and progressive South East Asia, India and Singapore remain committed to increasing their bilateral defence cooperation engagements; as also with the wider ASEAN neighbourhood.

Besides joint military training, both defence establishments also interact regularly through high-level visits, policy dialogues, courses, seminars and other professional exchanges.

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