Singapore Air Force to establish training detachment on Guam by 2029

Singapore Minister for Defense Dr. Ng Eng Hen (left) and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the establishment of a Republic of Singapore Air Force Fighter Training Detachment at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on the sidelines of the 7th Reagan National. (Photo courtesy Singapore Ministry of Defense).

Singapore and the United States have reached an agreement to allow the Republic of Singapore Air Force to set up a fighter training detachment at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam by 2029.

The Department of Defense announced Saturday that “a non-binding” Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the two countries allowing the Singapore Air Force to establish a permanent fighter training detachment on Guam.

Singapore will station a squadron of F-15 and F-16 fighters and their support personnel on Guam. That will require the construction of hangars, aprons, and support facilities at Andersen.

The MOU was signed Friday on the sidelines of a National Defense Forum held at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

This will be the Singapore air force’s fourth detachment on US territory.

Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas welcomed the news. He issued a statement Friday saying the Singapore detachment would help deter foreign aggression and reinforce Guam’s reputation as a safe destination.