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Singapore to establish fourth fighter jet detachment at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam

Singapore’s RSAF is set to deploy up to twelve F-15SG fighter jets at Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base, strengthening military ties and enhancing operational capabilities, as per a recent collaboration.



The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has announced its plan to establish its fourth detachment on U.S. soil, stationing up to twelve F-15SG fighter jets at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The move comes as part of an ongoing collaboration between Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the U.S. Department of Defense, aiming to bolster RSAF’s operational capabilities and strengthen military ties.

The details of the fighter training detachment were disclosed in a press release issued on 13 December by the U.S. Department of the Air Force (DAF).

This initiative builds upon a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019, outlining the framework for the Guam detachment, facilitating quick redeployment and asset recall to Singapore when necessary.

A spokesperson from MINDEF emphasized the importance of overseas training detachments, stating that they are integral to meeting the RSAF’s training requirements.

Access to vast airspace overseas allows the RSAF to overcome local airspace constraints, enabling high-end, realistic training to hone operational competencies.

Since the 1990s, the Singapore Armed Forces has been conducting training in Guam, and RSAF has previously deployed fighter aircraft to Andersen Air Force Base for joint training exercises with the U.S. Pacific Air Force.

The MINDEF spokesperson highlighted that the establishment of any long-term overseas detachment requires careful and in-depth feasibility studies.

In a press release earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealed that it had initially issued a notice of intent in April 2021 for environmental impact studies and infrastructure upgrades at Andersen Air Force Base.

The proposed upgrades, expected to take three to seven years, include an aircraft hangar, maintenance and utilities buildings, and fuel systems.

DAF emphasized that the purpose of the proposed action is to provide critical infrastructure enhancing U.S. posture west of the international date line, aligning with evolving strategic initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region.

Five other potential alternative locations were considered within the Pacific Air Force’s area of responsibility, but Andersen was chosen for its “enhanced capabilities.”

As part of the public engagement process, the revised proposal is open for comments until 14 January, allowing stakeholders and the public to voice their opinions on the strategic collaboration.

Currently, RSAF has two other fighter detachments in the U.S., one at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and the other at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

Additionally, RSAF maintains overseas training detachments in Australia and France.

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