US defence official calls on Ng Eng Hen

During their meeting yesterday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Acting Secretary of the United States Navy Thomas Modly reaffirmed the excellent bilateral defence relationship between the countries.
During their meeting yesterday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Acting Secretary of the United States Navy Thomas Modly reaffirmed the excellent bilateral defence relationship between the countries.PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/FACEBOOK

Acting Secretary of the United States Navy Thomas Modly met Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday and reaffirmed the excellent and longstanding bilateral defence relationship between the two countries, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef).

They also paid tribute to the close partnership between the Republic of Singapore Navy and the US Navy.

Mr Modly is in Singapore for a two-day working visit during which he also met Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong, and visited the Information Fusion Centre at the RSS Singapura-Changi Naval Base.

At the meeting with Dr Ng at Mindef, both sides discussed regional security developments. Singapore has provided support for the US Navy over the last 30 years under the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding Regarding United States Use of Facilities in Singapore, said Mindef. US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong renewed the landmark agreement in September in New York. It facilitates US forces' access to Singapore's air and naval bases and provides logistics support for its transiting personnel, aircraft and vessels.

Mr Modly's visit underscores the strong defence ties between the two navies, said Mindef. They share a strong partnership and interact extensively through a wide range of bilateral and multilateral exercises, and through regular professional exchanges, it added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2020, with the headline 'US defence official calls on Ng Eng Hen'. Print Edition | Subscribe