Saturday, April 07, 2012

Ng Eng Hen meets RSAF troops in US

SINGAPORE: Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen visited the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Peace Carvin (PC) V F-15SG fighter detachment at the Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) in Idaho on Saturday, as part of his introductory visit to the United States.

The PC V detachment is home to about 180 RSAF personnel comprising pilots, weapons systems officers (fighter) and ground crew.

Dr Ng, who was accompanied by Commander of the USAF's 366th Fighter Wing Colonel Ronald Buckley and Commander of the RSAF's Fighter Group Colonel Ho Foo Sing, visited detachment facilities.

Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said Dr Ng was briefed on its training programme.

Dr Ng interacted with RSAF personnel and their families who are stationed at MHAFB, as well as members of the MHAFB leadership and local community leaders.

MINDEF said the RSAF F-15SG detachment was inaugurated in 2009, marking a key milestone in the RSAF's development of its advanced fighter capabilities to deliver more effective air power for the 3rd Generation SAF.

It said detachments and training in the US and other overseas locations allow the RSAF to overcome airspace constraints in Singapore.

Under the PC programme, the RSAF has an F-16C/D fighter detachment (PC II) at the Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, which was established in 1992.

The RSAF also has two other training detachments in the US.

One is the Peace Prairie CH-47D Chinook helicopter detachment in Grand Prairie, Texas, while the other is the Peace Vanguard AH-64D Apache helicopter detachment in Marana, Arizona.

MINDEF said these training arrangements enable the SAF to build up its operational capabilities and readiness and are testament to the excellent and long-standing bilateral defence relations between Singapore and US.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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