Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Singapore Hosts Special Forces Commanders Conference

Mr Teo (in light blue shirt with tie) with the ASEAN Army Chiefs at the opening ceremony of the Special Forces Commanders Conference.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is hosting a Special Forces Commanders Conference from 19 to 21 October 2009. About 350 participants from various armed forces and counter-terrorism agencies across 16 countries are attending the three-day conference held in Singapore.

Speaking at the opening ceremony this morning, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean said, "Equipped with specialised skills and sophisticated equipment, Special Forces have a critical part to play in dealing with the challenges posed by complex and multi-faceted threats like terrorism and piracy." Themed "Special Forces Roles and Challenges in the Changing Security Landscape", participants at the conference shared information and experiences in special operations tactics and counter-terrorism. The conference also included seminars and a display of the SAF's counter-terrorism capabilities and special operations equipment.

The conference, held in conjunction with the 10th ASEAN Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting and the 19th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet, will strengthen mutual understanding among the Special Forces' commanders and enhance collaboration and cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts.


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