US Army and Singapore Army Units Complete 41st Annual Exercise Tiger Balm
US Army and Singapore Army Units Complete 41st Annual Exercise Tiger Balm

US Army and Singapore Army Units Complete 41st Annual Exercise Tiger Balm

The Singapore Army and the United States (US) Army successfully conducted the 41st Exercise Tiger Balm 2022 at the Murai Urban Training Facility (MUTF). The Brigade-level exercise, held between 6 and 17 Jun 2022, involved over 1000 personnel from Headquarters 6th Singapore Division / Headquarters Sense & Strike (HQ 6 Div/HQ SS), Headquarters 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade (HQ 10 SIB) and 5th Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment (5 SIR), as well as from the US Army’s Hawaii Army National Guard, the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (1-2 SBCT) and 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment (1-23 IN).

SAF personnel introducing the Singapore Assault Rifle - 21st Century (SAR 21) to US Army personnel during the weapon sharing session.
SAF personnel introducing the Singapore Assault Rifle – 21st Century (SAR 21) to US Army personnel during the weapon sharing session. (Photo by Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces )

U.S. Army Soldiers and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) soldiers completed all training events for Exercise Tiger Balm here, June 15, 2022. The exercise saw both Armies execute an integrated urban operations exercise within the MUTF, with the US Army’s Stryker Combat Vehicles operating with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)’s Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles under the ambit of the Combined Task Force. They were also supported by the SAF’s STrike ObserveRs Mission1 (STORM) team and the US Army’s Fire Support Team2 (FiST). In terms of key points gathered from the exercise conclusion, both unit gave their input.

US Army personnel advancing on an urban objective at Murai Urban Training Facility. (Photo by Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces )

Speaking on the significance of the exercise, Commander 6 Div/HQ SS Colonel Adrian Teng, said, “Exercise Tiger Balm is symbolic of the special relationship built on common interests and values that is shared between our armies. Through more than four decades of exchanges, we have learnt from each other, and enhanced our professionalism … This has been made possible by the mutual trust and respect we have for one another. Our shared resolution to host Exercise Tiger Balm 2022 physically is an apt expression of the strength and resilience of this bilateral relationship.”

US Army personnel advancing on an urban objective at Murai Urban Training Facility. (Photo by Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces )

First conducted in 1981, Exercise Tiger Balm is the longest-running bilateral exercise between the Singapore Army and US Army. This annual exercise allows both armies to collaborate and share tactics, techniques and procedures, and is the hallmark of excellent and long-standing ties between both armed forces. Apart from this exercise, both armies also interact extensively through professional exchange programmes, cross-attendance of courses, and bilateral and multilateral exercises. These regular interactions have fostered and enhanced the professionalism, friendship and mutual understanding among personnel from both armies.

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) maintains a defensive posture whilst a U.S. Army M1126 Stryker ICV advances forward through the road during the live-fire exercise for Exercise Tiger Balm 2022 here, June 10, 2022. (Photo by U.S. Army Reserve /Staff Sgt. Christopher Hernandez)