26 Juli 2014
RSAF F-15SG (photo : USAF)
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is participating in the United States Air Force (USAF)-hosted Exercise Red Flag - Nellis at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, United States, from 14 to 26 Jul 2014.
The RSAF has deployed 8 F-15SG and 8 F-16C/D fighter aircraft, 3 CH-47 helicopters, and about 290 personnel from its Peace Carvin II, Peace Carvin V, and Peace Prairie detachments in the United States, to participate in this air combat exercise. They are exercising with 83 other aircraft, including the USAF's F-22, F-15, F-16 and EA-18G fighter aircraft, and the E-3 airborne early warning aircraft, and a C-130 from the French Air Force (FAF).
Exercise Red Flag - Nellis is a combat training exercise that allows participants to execute air combat and strike operations in a realistic, high-threat environment to enhance their combat readiness and operational capabilities.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force's F-15SG (airborne) and the United States Air Force's (USAF) F-15Cs (lining up for flight) taking off on a mission at Exercise Red Flag-Nellis. (photo : Sing Mindef)
Highlighting the significance of the RSAF's participation in the exercise, Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, the RSAF Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander, said, "We value the opportunity to train alongside our USAF and FAF counterparts in this large-scale exercise as it allows us to hone our operational competencies. This high-end exercise provides the RSAF with an opportunity to benchmark itself against other leading air forces. The RSAF has always done well at Exercise Red Flag - Nellis, and the RSAF F-15SGs will continue to uphold the high standards."
This is the inaugural participation of the RSAF's F-15SGs in Exercise Red Flag - Nellis, which the RSAF has been taking part in since 1982. The exercise also underscores the excellent and long-standing defence relationship between the United States and Singapore.