The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is participating in the United States Air Force (USAF)-hosted Exercise Red Flag - Alaska at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, United States, from 7 to 22 June 2018. The RSAF deployed 8 F-16C/D and 10 F-15SG aircraft and more than 250 personnel from its Peace Carvin II and Peace Carvin V Detachments in the United States to take part in this large-scale air combat exercise.
Exercise Red Flag - Alaska is an air-to-air combat exercise involving more than 100 aircraft, including fighter aircraft such as the USAF's F-16, the United States Navy's F-18, and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)'s F-15. Other participating aircraft include the JASDF's E-767 airborne early warning aircraft, and the USAF's E-3 airborne early warning aircraft, KC-135 air-to-air refuelling aircraft, A-10 Close Air Support aircraft and HC-130J Combat Search and Rescue aircraft. These Air Forces trained together in a realistic and challenging environment, and were pitted against a dedicated adversary force with long-range missiles and electronic warfare capabilities. The training realism and complex missions conducted during the exercise allowed the RSAF personnel to hone their combat readiness and sharpen their operational competencies.
On the RSAF's participation in Exercise Red Flag - Alaska, Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Selva, the RSAF Combined Detachment Commander and Exercise Director said, "We are happy to take part in this exercise again, to benchmark ourselves against established Air Forces like the United States and Japan. Exercise Red Flag - Alaska provides a realistic training environment for us, which enhances our operational competencies. Our F-15SG aircraft have also successfully employed the GBU-56 munitions as part of the exercise for the first time. These precision-guided munitions are extremely accurate, and enabled our fighters to take down targets effectively to achieve mission success."
Colonel David Mineau, Commander of the USAF's 354th Fighter Wing responsible for providing realistic combat adversary training for the exercise participants at Exercise Red Flag - Alaska added, "This year, we have enjoyed training with our RSAF counterparts who continue to demonstrate their high level of professionalism and readiness. Through the mission planning, execution, debrief and social interactions, we have enhanced interoperability between our Air Forces, forging closer ties among all of the international participants in Exercise Red Flag - Alaska."
The RSAF has been participating in Exercise Red Flag - Alaska (then called Exercise Cope Thunder) since 1984. The exercise underscores the excellent and long-standing defence relationship between Singapore and the United States. It also provides the RSAF an opportunity to benchmark itself against other leading air forces, and enhances professionalism and interoperability amongst the participating forces.