Fighting terrorThe SAF and SPF put their skills to the test in a joint island-wide counter-terrorism (CT) exercise.
// STORY Benita Teo
// PHOTOS Kenneth Lin, Timothy Sim & Singapore Army
A school shooting, hostage-taking and bomb threats were some of the simulated terror attack scenarios the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Singapore Police Forces (SPF) tackled during an overnight exercise held from 19 to 20 Feb across multiple locations.
The CT exercise brought together more than 900 personnel from the SAF's Island Defence Task Force, Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) and 38th Battalion, Singapore Combat Engineers (38 SCE), as well as the SPF’s Woodlands Division, Tanglin Division, Jurong Division, Special Operations Command and Gurkha Contingent.
It is part of their regular training to strengthen interoperability between the SAF and Home Team to handle terrorism threats under the Homefront Crisis Management Framework.
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"This is an important exercise to enhance our operational readiness and strengthen our interoperability between the SAF and SPF, to deal with terrorism threats swiftly and effectively, to make sure Singapore is safe and secure."
"This exercise allowed us to validate our joint plans; the lessons learnt will be used to further enhance our plans…(The participants) did well in reacting to the exercise scenarios and worked well together. This gave us confidence that we would be able to deploy and respond effectively together."