Singapore to Establish Permanent Fighter Training Detachment at Andersen AFB, Guam

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will establish a permanent fighter training detachment at the U.S. Air Force’s Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

A non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of the detachment was signed between U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and Singapore Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on the sidelines of the Reagan National Defense Forum.

The training presence, which will begin around 2029, will consist of approximately a squadron of aircraft and associated personnel, and include the construction of hangars, aprons, and support facilities for the detachment footprint.

The Singapore fighter presence on Guam will provide more training and cooperation opportunities that will improve the interoperability of our Air Forces and strengthen U.S.-Singapore defense ties, according to a statement from U.S. Department of Defense.

Secretary Esper and Minister Ng also discussed a range of issues on the bilateral defense relationship. They affirmed the importance of continuing to enhance our defense partnership following the renewal of the U.S.-Singapore Memorandum of Understanding by President Trump and Prime Minister Lee in September.

The Secretary expressed appreciation for the regional access Singapore provides to U.S. forces, and both sides looked forward to further collaboration on U.S. force posture requirements. The Secretary and Minister also discussed regional security challenges and the importance of ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-15SG fighter jet takes-off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on April 20, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

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