US Marines eat durian as part of learning jungle survival techniques from S'pore Armed Forces

What a delicacy.

Belmont Lay | April 26, 2019, 01:26 AM

One man's meat is another man's poison.

But in jungle survival training, anything that is remotely meat is edible.

Such as durian.

Good old tropical fruits

A couple of caption-worthy photos by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) showing their troops learning a thing or two about surviving the tropical climate and terrain in Singapore were uploaded on April 24:

Besides the usual fire-starting and building of A-frame photos, the US military personnel were treated to good old tropical durian and jackfruit -- delicacies for locals, but probably less so for foreigners not used to pungent flavours.

Valiant Mark 2019 joint exercise

As mentioned in the Facebook post caption, the US marines are in Singapore for two weeks to participate in Valiant Mark 2019.

Some 900 soldiers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the US Marine Corps are taking part in this annual bilateral exercise that is held from April 11 to 29, 2019.

via Pioneer

A United States Embassy statement on Monday, April 22 said the exercise was designed to "enhance inter-operability, build defence capability, and strengthen military-to-military relationships" between the US Marine Corps and SAF.

Mindef said the exercise, launched in 1991, "underscores the excellent and longstanding bilateral defence relations between Singapore and the US".

This year's exercise is the 23rd time it was held.

Last year's exercise took place in August in California and involved more than 1,000 soldiers.

Singapore's heat and humidity

Some of the exercises include live-firing, jungle training and urban operations training.

US marines were integrated with Singapore troops, and vice versa.

Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) from Singapore are also part of the exercise.

One area the American forces had to contend with was Singapore's heat and humidity -- something they were not used to besides the jungle environment.

As a result, the US military personnel had to acclimatise to conditions here and to keep hydrated constantly.

via at Pulau Tekong

Heliborne mission

Participating units were the SAF's 7th Singapore Infantry Brigade, 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, 24th Battalion Singapore Artillery and the Army Deployment Force, as well as the United States Marine Corps' 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) also deployed four AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, two CH-47SD Chinook helicopters and two AS332 Super Puma helicopters to support the exercise.

Exercise Valiant Mark culminated in a two-day battalion heliborne mission that concluded on Wednesday, April 24 -- which involved joint planning and a deliberate assault.

It was held at Murai Urban Training Facility.

via Pioneer

via Pioneer

via Pioneer


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