An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Nov. 2, 2023

Singapore Concludes Multinational Exercise to Strengthen Cooperation in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

By Singapore Ministry of Defence

Exercise Coordinated Response (Ex COORES) is a biennial multinational Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Table-Top Exercise (TTX) that was co-organised by the Disaster Management Committee, Ministry of National Defence, Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre (Changi RHCC), and the United States (US) Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM). It involves 180 personnel from 26 militaries and 25 civilian organisations. Held at the Changi Command and Control Centre (CC2C), Changi Naval Base, from 30 Oct to 2 Nov 2023, the exercise aims to strengthen cooperation for HADR operations, establish civil-military linkages, and enhance mutual understanding and interoperability.

The exercise scenario was based on a tropical storm which resulted in torrential rains, flooding and landslides in a fictitious Affected State (AS). Due to the impact of the disaster, the government of the AS established a Whole-of-Government approach to manage the disaster while declaring a State of Emergency, and requested for international assistance. The TTX replicated the response plans of an AS-led Multi-National Coordination Centre to conduct both Military-Military, as well as Civil-Military coordination (CMCoord) with United Nations (UN) agencies such as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). This year's exercise design included increased CMCoord functions, where participating humanitarian agencies such as the UN OCHA, Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC), ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), and the Laos Red Cross Society offered valuable perspectives for the exercise, setting the benchmark for future HADR exercises.

On the sidelines of Ex COORES 2023, Director Changi RHCC, Colonel Fredie Tan, and Deputy Executive Director, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), Mr. Chris Chiesa, also renewed the Memorandum of Understanding between the PDC and Changi RHCC. This important milestone signified the commitment by both agencies to continue collaborating on disaster management activities and capacity building initiatives.


Like Us
Follow Us



Statement from President Biden on Addressing National Security Risks to the U.S. Auto Industry
March 1, 2024 - American automakers and auto workers are the best in the world. The iconic Big Three and American auto workers are leading the world in quality and innovation. A dynamic auto industry is vital to the U.S. economy...

Lancer Brigade takes part in Exercise Cobra Gold 2024
March 1, 2024 - Hundreds of soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Lancer Brigade,” 7th Infantry Division, arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand to participate in the 43rd iteration of Exercise Cobra Gold 2024...

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Shin Wonsik
Feb. 29, 2024 - Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder provided the following readout...

Special Agents attend the 3rd Korea-US Fair Trade Criminal Enforcement Workshop
Representatives from the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division, Far East Fraud Resident Unit and the U.S. Department of Justice attended the 3rd Korea-U.S. Workshop on Antitrust Criminal Enforcement in Seoul, Republic of Korea, February 26, 2024.
Feb. 29, 2024 - Representatives from the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division, Far East Fraud Resident Unit attended the 3rd Korea-U.S. Workshop on Antitrust Criminal Enforcement in Seoul, Republic of Korea, February 26,...

Marine Aircraft Group 12 concludes Cope North 24
U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 232 performs preflight inspections on an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 30, 2024. Nicknamed the “Red Devils,” VMFA-232 traveled from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan to Guam as a part of their Aviation Training Relocation Program deployment to train multilaterally with allies and partners, and enhance the squadron’s combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. David Getz)
Feb. 28, 2024 - Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, completed Cope North 24, a three-week-long multinational aviation training exercise, alongside joint, partner, and allied forces in Guam and the Northern...