US and Singapore agree to strengthen defence ties

17 September 2020 (Last Updated September 17th, 2020 12:21)

Top defence officials of the US and Singapore have agreed to further strengthen bilateral defence relations.

US and Singapore agree to strengthen defence ties
Dr Anderson calling on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence. Credit: Ⓒ 2020 Government of Singapore.

Top defence officials of the US and Singapore have agreed to further strengthen bilateral defence relations.

This comes after Singapore Permanent Secretary of Defence Chan Heng Kee and US Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr James Anderson co-chaired the 11th Singapore-US Strategic Security Policy Dialogue (SSPD).

In the meeting, both countries reaffirmed their existing bilateral defence relationship and discussed opportunities to further enhance their cooperation under the 1990 memorandum of understanding (MoU) that allows the US to use military facilities in Singapore.

The two countries also expressed their intentions to work together in defence technology and non-conventional security domains such as counter-terrorism.

The two sides shared opinions on regional developments and security cooperation under the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus framework.

Before the meeting, Dr Anderson met Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong.

He also visited RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base and Sembawang Air Base.

Singapore is a key military partner for the US in the region. Both countries regularly participate in military-to-military exchanges, training and cross-attendance of courses.

The US also supports overseas training of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces (RSAF).

In December, the two countries signed an MoU for the establishment of an RSAF Training Detachment in Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Earlier this year, Singapore signed a treaty with Australia on military training and training area development.

The treaty will provide the RSAF with improved military training access in Australia.