The armies of Singapore and the US have taken part in the 40th edition of the flagship bilateral exercise ‘Tiger Balm 2021’.
Sponsored by US Army Pacific (USARPAC), this year’s brigade-level exercise was conducted virtually in Singapore and O’ahu, Hawai’i, US.
Exercise Tiger Balm is designed to enhance interoperability between the two armies, collaborate and exchange tactics, training and equipment, techniques and procedures.
It also provides an opportunity for both nations to increase combat readiness capabilities.
Singapore Army Chief of Staff-General Staff (COS-GS) brigadier general Frederick Choo said: “Through four decades of exchanges, we have learnt from each other, and enhanced our professionalism and interoperability.
“These lasting friendships are a hallmark of Exercise Tiger Balm and form the bedrock of the relationship that our armies share.”
In the latest edition, the US Army was represented by soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii Army National Guard, California Army National Guard, and contractors with the Regional Cyber Center Pacific.
The Headquarters 6th Singapore Division and 9th Singapore Infantry Brigade represented the Singapore Army.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary, the two armies launched a new Exercise Tiger Balm logo.
US Army Pacific Commanding General general Paul J LaCamera said: “This year we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Tiger Balm, our bilateral exercise between US Army Pacific and the Singapore Army focused on strengthening our partnership, solidifying interoperability, and building trust which enable a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“The US Army Pacific is honoured to be a part of this great tradition. Our partnership continues to be one of professionalism, mutual respect, and trust.”
In July 2019, exercise Tiger Balm 2019 was executed at the Murai Urban Training Facility (MUTF) in Singapore.