The 36th Wing Public Affairs reported that the Singapore Air Force deployed Airmen, F-16 Fighters, F-15SG Fighters and G550 Airborne Early Warning Aircraft at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, May 24, 2021.
The deployment provides bilateral training for aircrew and maintenance personnel to enhance interoperability and develop regional partnerships.
“We welcome the opportunity to further enhance the deployment and cooperation of the RSAF and to enhance our respective capabilities simultaneously,” Brig. General Jeremy T. Sloane, 36th Wing Commander. “The US-Singapore bond is based on a history of common interests and shared perspectives.”
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The deployment continues a long-running training exercise on Guam, which conducted bilateral exercises with the US Marine Corps in the early 1990s. More recently in 2019, the RSAF deployed Anderson to conduct training.
“Participating in bilateral training programs with our Pacific partners reinforces American commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and enhances our combined strength,” Sloane said. “These exercises also confirm our ability to achieve multinational forces and improve professional competencies from the fringes of the Indo-Pacific.”
In December 2019, former US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Arizona and Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hein signed a non-binding MoU to establish a permanent combat training contingent of the Singapore Air Force on Guam. The training presence, which will begin around 2029, will include approximately a squadron of aircraft and related personnel, and the construction of hangars, aprons, and support facilities for the detachment footprint. The Singapore fighter presence on Guam will provide opportunities for greater training and collaboration that will improve the interoperability of our Air Force and strengthen the US-Singapore defense relationship.
The RSAF also serves other US Air Force bases. The 425th Fighter Squadron flew the F-16 from Luke AFB, Arizona; 428th FS flies F-15SGs from Mountain Home, Idaho; and the RSAF operates an AH-64D helicopter from Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona.