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U.S.-Singapore antiterrorism exercises begin

As the “Star Wars” theme song played, the Navy launched two weeks of anti-terrorism exercises with Singapore on Tuesday, days before Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives here to discuss security with his Asia-Pacific counterparts. Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn, commander of the Logistics Group Western Pacific, kicked off the exercise at a Singapore naval base auditorium to the film’s orchestral theme. A written history of Singapore-U.S. naval war games rolled across a big screen like the film’s famous opening. More than 1,500 U.S. and Singapore service members, aircraft, a submarine and 12 ships are taking part in the two-week Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, in the South China Sea. Full Story

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