The 36th Branch Public Affairs reported that the Republic of Singapore Air Force deployed Anderson Air Force Base, Airmen in Guam, F-16 fighters, F-1S SG fighters and a G550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft on May 24, 2021.
The deployment provides bilateral training to aircrow and maintenance personnel to enhance interactivity and cultivate regional partnerships.
“We welcome the deployment of the RSAF and the opportunity to further support this opportunity and bring our relationship capabilities together,” Brig said. General Jeremy T. Sloan, th 36th Wing Commander. “The US-Singapore bond is based on a history of shared interests and shared perspectives.”
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The deployment is a continuation of a long-running training exercise in Guam, which had bilateral exercises with the US Marine Corps in the early 1990s and 1990s. Most recently, in 2019, RSAF was assigned to Anderson to conduct training.
“Participating in bilateral training programs with our Pacific partners strengthens our commitment to the US-India-Pacific region and enhances our joint strength,” Sloane said. “These exercises also reaffirm our ability to achieve multi-power and gain professional competencies from the Indo-Pacific front.”
In December 201, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Asper and Singapore Defense Minister Ng Ing Hein signed a non-binding memorandum establishing a Singapore Air Force permanent combat training unit in Guam. The training attendance, which will begin around 202, includes about a squadron of aircraft and allied personnel, and includes the construction of support facilities for hangars, aprons and detection footprints. The Singapore combat presence in Guam provides more training and support opportunities to improve the mutual capabilities of our Air Force and strengthen US-Singapore defense ties.
RSAF also operates at other US Air Force bases. The 525th Fighter Squadron flew from F-1 Luke Luke AFB, Arizona; The 828th FS flies F-15SGs from Mountain Home, Idaho; And RSAF operates an AH64 64D helicopter from Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona.