Singapore, Thailand and U.S. to kick off multilateral exercise

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from 67th Fight Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, flies in formation with a Royal Thai Air Force F-16 and a Singapore Air Force F-15 Eagle during Exercise Cope Tiger 16, near Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 17, 2016. The multilateral exercise involved a combined total of 87 aircraft that completed 1,003 sorts of a two week period. Exercise Cope Tiger 16 included over 1,200 personnel from three countries and continues the growth of strong, interoperable and beneficial relationships within the Asia-Pacific region, while demonstrating U.S. capability to project forces strategically in a combined, joint environment. (Courtesy photo)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from 67th Fight Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, flies in formation with a Royal Thai Air Force F-16 and a Singapore Air Force F-15 Eagle during Exercise Cope Tiger 16, near Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 17, 2016. The annual Cope Tiger exercise series demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the region and to addressing regional security challenges and ensuring freedom of the seas through multilateral collaboration. (Courtesy photo)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Air and ground units from the United States, the Kingdom of Thailand, and the Republic of Singapore will participate in the Cope Tiger 2017 exercise in Thailand March 20-31, 2017.

Cope Tiger is an annual, multilateral aerial exercise aimed at improving combat readiness and multi-national interoperability between the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the strong defense relations among the three countries.

In addition, the trilateral Civic Assistance programs conducted during CT17 help promote good relationships between the three countries' forces and Thai communities near Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base.

The annual Cope Tiger exercise series demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the region and to addressing regional security challenges and ensuring freedom of the seas through multilateral collaboration.

Approximately 220 U.S. personnel will participate in the exercise along with approximately 1,000 service members from Thailand and Singapore. The multilateral exercise will involve a combined total of 76 aircraft and 43 air defense assets from the three participating countries.