Singapore to set up permanent fighter detachment in Guam
The governments of Singapore and the US signed an MoU on 7 December that will see the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) set up a permanent detachment at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
The agreement covers the deployment of F-16, F-15SG and Gulfstream G550 AEW aircraft there, although it is still not firm what kind of assets will eventually be stationed in Guam.
This will be the RSAF’s third fixed-wing fighter detachment after Peace Carvin II (F-16C/D) at Luke Air Force Base, and Peace Cavin V (F-15SG) at Mountain Home Air Force Base in the US.
Guam will be the closest permanent detachment, and it will allow a quicker recall of assets if required.
The island could also drive more complex air-sea integration, such as Exercise Pacific Griffin with the USN, something not possible for the two continental US detachments.
Singapore’s MINDEF said the agreement was reached following studies conducted with the US on a number of factors, including suitability of the training area, infrastructure and other types of support. The RSAF also studied a similar detachment to be based in New Zealand, but the idea fell through in 2018.
Since 2017, Singapore has stepped up bilateral exercises in Guam, including two fighter exercises with the USAF and two Pacific Griffin naval wargames that saw the live firing of numerous munitions such as Singapore’s Aster-15s, RGM-84 Harpoons and USN Naval Strike Missiles.
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