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Exercise Panzer Strike 2012
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Posted: 05 Jun 2012, 1540 hours (Time is GMT +8 hours)

Written by: Shawn Tay

Photos contributed by 48 SAR

At XPS, our Armour Troopers had the opportunity to fire the 120mm live rounds.
At XPS, our Armour Troopers had the opportunity to fire the 120mm live rounds.

 

German soldiers from the 33rd Panzer Battalion sharing their knowledge with the SAF soldiers
German soldiers from the 33rd Panzer Battalion sharing their knowledge with the SAF soldiers


After an engagement, a tank platoon extricating itself under the cover provided by smoke rounds
After an engagement, a tank platoon extricating itself under the cover provided by smoke rounds


Troopers from both armies listening to the Ops Order from Officer Commanding, CPT Ler Chun Kiat, prior to the bilateral live-firing exercise
Troopers from both armies listening to the Ops Order from Officer Commanding, CPT Ler Chun Kiat, prior to the bilateral live-firing exercise


The culmination of XPS 2012 is bilateral live-firing exercise with involvement by Leopard Main Battle Tanks from both armies
The culmination of XPS 2012 is bilateral live-firing exercise with involvement by Leopard Main Battle Tanks from both armies


The exchange of memento between MAJ Lim Han Yong (left) and LTC Sack marked the successful conclusion of the bilateral exercise
The exchange of memento between MAJ Lim Han Yong (left) and LTC Sack marked the successful conclusion of the bilateral exercise


Exercise Panzer Strike (XPS) is an annual SAF overseas training exercise conducted in Bergen, a cold region in Germany. Said to be one of the largest military training area in Western Europe, the expansive live-firing range there allows our Armour troops the opportunity to practice firing on the move on a moving target, something not possible in Singapore's limited training area.

The exercise commenced on 21 April and involved soldiers from the 3rd Company, 48th Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment. Over the course of three weeks, they trained hard to hone their fighting skills and techniques. They also carried out several live-firing manoeuvres in the vast space of the German ranges.

Training with the German Army

The highlight of XPS 2012 came in the last week of the exercise when our Armour troops conducted the first inaugural bilateral live-firing exercise with the German Army Bundeswehr's 33rd Panzer Battalion. Over the course of two days, both armies trained together and exchanged information. This gave the participants a deeper insight into their platforms and their capabilities. The training culminated in a joint live-firing exercise during which both armies combined their forces to overrun an objective.

An Eye-Opener

Besides training, our soldiers also took the opportunity to visit the Panzer Museum in the nearby town of Munster, which housed a huge collection of tanks from around the world.

Training in Germany was a very fulfilling experience for Tank Commander 2LT Phang Wei Zheng Trey. He shared, "Unlike Singapore, we can conduct our live-firing exercises here easily with its expansive training area. This exercise gave me a valuable opportunity to train with the specialists and men in a realistic live-firing exercise, and I’ve benefited a lot from it."

During the exercise, Loader CPL Joel Lum learnt from firsthand experience the importance of working together as a team. "I've learnt that we cannot function alone. For us to operate the tank, the whole team has to be competent and cooperate with one another," he said. Driver CPL Yeo Yi Long agreed, "All of us must be proficient in what we do in order to operate well."

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