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Singapore’s Chief of Air Force (Designate) Brigadier-General Hoo Cher Mou (L), Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong (C) and Commander of the Pacific Air Forces General Herbert J Carlisle (R) officiating at the Closing Ceremony of Exercise Cope Tiger 2013.


KORAT – Singapore, Thailand and the United States have concluded their trilateral air exercise, Cope Tiger, at Korat Air Base in Thailand. Exercise Cope Tiger, a trilateral air exercise conducted by Singapore, Thailand and the United States, came to a close Friday at Korat Air Base, Thailand.

The closing ceremony was officiated by Singapore’s Chief of Air Force (Designate), Brigadier-General Hoo Cher Mou; Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong; and Commander of the Pacific Air Forces, General Herbert J. Carlisle.

The exercise, the 19th in its series, was conducted in two phases.

The first phase was a command post exercise, held at the Multinational Operations and Exercises Centre in Changi Naval Base, Singapore, from 11 to 13 December 2012, while the second phase was a flying training exercise, conducted at Korat Air Base from 11 to 22 March 2013.

In this year’s exercise, about 80 aircraft, 36 ground-based air defense systems and more than 2,000 personnel from the participating countries were deployed.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) Surface-to-air PYthon-5 and DERby (SPYDER) ground-based air defence system were involved in the exercise for the first time.

The participants also provided basic health and dental services to the local community around Korat Air Base and Chandy Range, as part of a two-day joint socio-civic program.

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