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REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE AIR FORCE SENDING F-16 DETACHMENT TO NEW ZEALAND THIS MONTH

The Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16s and its personnel will be based at Ohakea air base for three weeks

As reported by Stuff, New Zealand Defence Force spokesman revealed that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is sending a detachment of F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to the country at the end of this month.

The F-16s and its personnel will be based at Ohakea air base for three weeks.

New Zealand’s Minister of Defense Mark Mitchell explained that “There are close relations that exist between New Zealand and Singapore, we are pretty closely aligned in the values we have and the way our Defence Forces operate and, secondly, we offer some really good opportunities in terms of training capabilities.”

Earlier this year, Singapore announced its intention to permanently base some of its F-15SG fighters in New Zealand.

Back in February in fact former New Zealand’s Minister of Defense Gerry Brownlee disclosed that Singapore has identified Ohakea air base in Manawatu as a potential site to bed down its F-15SGs.

Actually New Zealand doesn’t have Singapore congested airspace “so the opportunity to fly more freely clearly exists at Ohakea,” he said to New Zealand Herald.

Brownlee added the move will bring economic benefits to New Zealand as up to 500 Singaporeans could be relocated to New Zealand for the F-15SG detachment.

Noteworthy, because of severe airspace constraints within Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Air Force has permanently detached part of its fleet in France, U.S. and Australia airfields to provide better training for its pilots.

Photo credit: Luhai Wong from Singapore, via Wikipedia and Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier U.S. Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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