Singapore and US reaffirm defence ties during visit by US congressional delegation

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen (second from left) hosting the US congressional delegation, led by US Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Ted Yoho (second from right), to breakfast on Friday (Oct 20).
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen (second from left) hosting the US congressional delegation, led by US Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Ted Yoho (second from right), to breakfast on Friday (Oct 20). PHOTO: MINDEF
The US congressional delegation interacting with Deputy Director of the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre (RHCC) Lieutenant Colonel Siva Balan (left) during a brief at the Changi RHCC, as part of t
The US congressional delegation interacting with Deputy Director of the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre (RHCC) Lieutenant Colonel Siva Balan (left) during a brief at the Changi RHCC, as part of the delegation's visit to RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base yesterday. PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - The defence relationship between Singapore and the United States was reaffirmed on Friday (Oct 20) morning, as Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen hosted a US congressional delegation to breakfast.

The delegation, led by Mr Ted Yoho, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, is on a two-day visit to Singapore starting on Thursday, according to a press release by the Ministry of Defence.

Both sides reaffirmed their excellent and long-standing defence ties.

While Dr Ng thanked the US for supporting the Singapore Armed Forces' training in the US, the delegation was appreciative of Singapore's assistance after the USS John S. McCain collision, and in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Geopolitical developments were also discussed by both sides, with Dr Ng reiterating the importance of US engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, in both economic and security aspects.

The delegation also visited RSS Singapura-Changi Naval Base on Thursday, where they toured the Changi Command and Control Centre.

It visited the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) and the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre.