Why agreement on Guam base for RSAF training is a game changer

The MOU that allows a foreign air force to be based in the US Pacific territory for the first time has unique plus points in Singapore's search for defence training facilities.

The sun never sets on Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) flight training, thanks to friendly countries which have allowed Singapore to base its fighter planes, helicopters and jet trainers overseas for this purpose.

Before sunrise in Singapore, CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, Super Puma and Cougar troop-transport helicopters with the RSAF Oakey Detachment would have begun their day in Queensland, Australia, continuing the legacy started by the Super Pumas 20 years ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2019, with the headline 'Why agreement on Guam base for RSAF training is a game changer'. Print Edition | Subscribe