The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has announced that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) had successfully concluded Exercise Wallaby 2021 (XWB21).

The exercise was conducted in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in Queensland, Australia.

This year, XWB21 saw the participation of 580 personnel and platforms from the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), and the Republic of Singapore Navy.

During the exercise, the Singapore Armed Forces conducted coordinated missions on a large scale to enhance air-land-sea integration.

Activities and operations during the exercise included live-firing by AH-64D Apache helicopters, air-drop from C-130 transport aircraft, as well as ship-to-shore exercises.

It also involved deck-landing by CH-47F Chinook helicopters and replenishment serials from RSS Endeavour.

According to a press statement released by MINDEF, SWBTA enables SAF to undertake integrated training across all the three services.

At the conclusion of the event, Exercise Wallaby 21 air director colonel Sherman Ong said: “The vast expanse of the training area gave us the opportunity to conduct training that cannot be replicated back in Singapore.

“The complexity and challenges of the terrain allowed the RSAF to hone our operational competencies and conduct essential integrated training with our counterparts from the army and the navy.

“Every serviceman and woman understood the importance of the safe management measures implemented during the exercise and adhered strictly to them, which enabled us to conduct high quality training without compromise.”

To ensure that Covid-19 health and safety protocols are strictly followed and maintained, the Singapore Armed Forces worked in close cooperation with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Exercise Wallaby was suspended last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.