10 February 2016
Around 60 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) soldiers will take part in a large-scale exercise in the Republic of Korea starting on 24 February.
Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said gunners from the New Zealand Army’s 16 Field Regiment will participate in a complex exercise with the Republic of Korea Marine Corps and the US Marine Corps as part of Exercise Ssang Yong 16 (SY16).
Ssang Yong, which means “twin dragons”, will be conducted mainly in Pohang on South Korea’s east coast until 24 March. The Australian Defence Force has also been invited to participate. Key activities include live mortar firing and a beach landing on 12 March.
The exercise is part of 16 Field Regiment’s ongoing co-operation with the US Marine Corps 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, designed to develop the New Zealand Army’s capability in specialised military skills. This co-operation sees each unit hosting an event during a calendar year.
“Opportunities to train and engage with other militaries are invaluable. These interactions help deepen defence co-operation between our countries and enhance our ability to work with them,” MAJGEN Gall said.
“Exercises such as SY16 also enable the New Zealand Army to maintain its ability to operate alongside other militaries and improve its effectiveness in all types of terrain and environment.”
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