By Li Gong and Cheng Xinan
SINGAPORE, Sep. 11 -- Members from both sides participating in China-Singapore “Cooperation-2023” joint army training recently started mixed-group joint training centered on the topic of “joint urban counter-terrorism operations”. This training aimed to further enhance mutual trust and friendship while improving the level of professional training.
During the live fire shooting training, members from both sides swapped equipment and organized training for their counterparts. After having learned about each other’s weapons and equipment, they conducted firing training using swapped arms and ammunition and had a deep exchange on the method of increasing shooting stability and hit rate.
Although it was the first time for the participants to learn how to use each other’s weapons, some of them got excellent marks in the first round of live fire shooting. Chinese solider Lin Zhangkang said, “In the process of live fire shooting training, we learned more about each other’s weapons and equipment, and had a deeper feeling and understanding of the operation and use of different series of weapons and equipment and the training methods.
In the field of urban counter-terrorism skill training, members from both sides carried out training in the context of terrorists hidden in a building. Members from both sides completed training on sniping tactics, concealed approaching, building breaching, and search and shooting in close collaboration with each other, and improved fighting capabilities in a real-combat environment.
It is learned that the two sides also conducted training on combat physical fitness and hand-to-hand combat, with fast-roping and comprehensive live exercise to be held, in order to refine and test the troops’ joint urban counter-terrorism operational capabilities.
The opening ceremony of China-Singapore “Cooperation-2023” joint army training was held at the Jurong Camp of the 3rd Division of Singapore Army in the afternoon on September 6, with over 280 military personnel from both armies attending the ceremony. This is the second "Cooperation" series of joint training organized by the two armies after a lapse of four years since 2019.