The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) today concluded its participation in Exercise Red Flag – Nellis, hosted by the United States Air Force (USAF) and held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, United States, from 9 to 23 Mar 2019. This year, the RSAF clinched the "Outstanding Aircraft Maintenance Unit" award at the exercise.
The RSAF deployed six F-15SG fighter aircraft, and more than 100 personnel from its Peace Carvin V detachment in Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to participate in the large-scale air combat exercise, involving close to 80 aircraft from Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States.
Exercise Red Flag – Nellis is designed to enhance the combat readiness and operational competencies of the participating air forces through its realistic training scenarios, with the role of a dedicated F-16 fighter aircraft adversarial force taken on by the USAF's 64th Aggressor Squadron.
Highlighting the significance of the RSAF's participation in this year's exercise, Lieutenant Colonel Oon Kok Choon, RSAF's Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander, said, "The exercise is an excellent opportunity for RSAF personnel to hone their operational competencies through realistic large-force training, alongside participants from other air forces. Having a dedicated adversarial force, which employed advanced tactics and electronic warfare made the training more realistic. The participation of Norway's F-35 fighter aircraft flying alongside the RSAF's F-15SG fighter aircraft in some missions offered many insights on how its superior capabilities in the areas of stealth, sensing and lethality allowed missions to be accomplished more effectively. The frequent interaction with the other participating air forces also enhanced our interoperability with them."
ME1 Joanne Lee Kia Hui, who was part of the Air Force Engineer team that received the "Outstanding Air Maintenance Unit" award said, "I am proud and honoured to be able to receive this award as it affirms the high standards and operational readiness of our aircrew and ground crew team. This award is testament to our performance during the exercise."
Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Manning, Commanding Officer of the USAF's 64th Aggressor Squadron, was one of the pilots who flew against the RSAF's F-15SG during the training missions. "The RSAF has performed fantastically during this year's exercise. They have executed tactics on par with the other leading air forces, and have hit all the targets that they have been assigned. I am very pleased with the level of performance that they have been bringing," he said. "It is important that we continue to strengthen this relationship through exercises like this."
Exercise Red Flag – Nellis underscores the excellent and long-standing defence relationship between the US and Singapore. It also enhances professionalism and interoperability among the participating forces, and provides the RSAF with an opportunity to benchmark itself against other leading air forces.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) welcomed its new Chief of Air Force (CAF) this evening. At the Change of Command Parade held at Paya Lebar Air Base, Brigadier-General (BG) Kelvin Khong Boon Leong received the Air Force command symbol from outgoing CAF Major-General (MG) Mervyn Tan Wei Ming.
At the parade, MG Tan reviewed two Guard of Honour and six marching contingents formed by airmen and women from the various RSAF Commands. The parade also featured a static display of the RSAF air and ground assets that safeguard Singapore's skies.
Reflecting on his tenure as CAF, MG Tan paid tribute to the airmen and women of the RSAF who had walked this journey with him and thanked them for their hard work, commitment, and sacrifice. He also expressed confidence that what they had accomplished will allow the Air Force to welcome the future from a position of strength, and to chart the next bound of their transformation into the Next Generation RSAF with greater confidence.
The new CAF, BG Khong, 43, joined the SAF in 1995 and has served in various command and staff positions in the SAF. An F-15SG pilot by training, BG Khong was the Commanding Officer of the first F-15SG squadron in Singapore – 149 Squadron. He has also held several key appointments in the RSAF, including Head Air Plans; Commander Air Combat Command; Head Air Operations; Chief of Staff-Air Staff; and Chief of Staff-Joint Staff. BG Khong has played a significant role in the modernisation of the RSAF, and also taken part in a range of RSAF operations, exercises and training detachments.
The outgoing CAF, MG Tan, has served the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) with distinction since 1990. Under his leadership as CAF, the RSAF has maintained a high level of operational readiness to defend and safeguard Singapore's sovereignty, and achieved mission success across a full spectrum of operations. MG Tan also guided the RSAF's transformation to support the Next Generation SAF, including leading the RSAF to the attainment of full operational capability for the Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Surface-to-air PYthon-5 and DERby (SPYDER) Ground-Based Air Defence system, and positioned the RSAF for the future through the acquisition of the H225M Medium Lift and CH-47F Chinook Heavy Lift Helicopters, A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter platforms.
This change of command is part of the SAF's leadership renewal process. The parade was witnessed by Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong Su Kiat and attended by senior MINDEF and SAF officers, as well as airmen and women from the RSAF.
Last Updated on 06 Mar 2019