Since the 1980s, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has been regularly conducting mobilization and equipping exercises (MOBEX) to evaluate the operational readiness of its units and test its activation procedures. The SAF conducts around twenty to thirty of such exercises annually.
From January 26 to 27, Singapore held the latest iteration of its mobilization and equipping exercise. The drills – billed the largest in decades – were directed at reinforcing the city-state’s ability to tackle a full-range of threats, including terrorism amid lingering concerns about the challenge in the region.
This year’s MOBEX was designed to test the SAF’s readiness to respond to a full spectrum of operations, including civil disasters and emergencies, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and homeland security.
The MOBEX exercise also highlighted the enhancements that have been made to the mobilization and equipping process. Much of this was tied to the One-Stop Mobilization and Equipping Center (MEC) concept that mobilizes and equips servicemen with assigned equipment under one roof, thereby saving time, streamlining logistics, and integrating new technology and practices. AThe enhanced One-Stop MEC at Selarang Camp has introduced several features such as increased digitalization, a controlled humidity environment system for storage facilities, and the integration of green technology.