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COPE TIGER 2018 begins

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 2018 exercise in Thailand March 12-23, 2018.

Cope Tiger is an annual trilateral aerial exercise aimed at improving combat readiness and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, and U.S. Air Force, while concurrently enhancing the three nations' military relations.

In addition, the trilateral Civic Assistance programs conducted during CT18 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 partners and the region and to addressing regional security challenges and ensuring freedom of navigation through multilateral collaboration.

Approximately 100 U.S. personnel will participate in the exercise along with approximately 1,000 service members from Thailand and Singapore. The trilateral exercise will involve a combined total of 67 aircraft and from the three participating countries.