US Pacific Air Force Commander Makes First Singapore Visit (By The Diplomat)

1. Indeed, as I noted earlier this month, Singapore has just participated in the latest part of this year’s iteration of Exercise Red Flag – the U. S. Air Force (USAF) premier air-to-air combat training exercise – which kicked off on August 14 at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada (See: “US Air Force Exercise Kicks Off With Singapore’s Participation”).

2. But during his trip out to the region, he has had to deal with a series of questions on broader regional developments ranging from North Korea to U. S. activity in the South China Sea to the effects of the collision of the USS John S. McCain with a merchant vessel near Singapore – the fourth major accident in the U. S. Pacific Fleet this year.

3. Last year, Deborah Lee James, the U. S. Air Force Chief, had visited Singapore around the same time and had paid a visit to Paya Lebar Air Base just as that iteration of Commando Sling was getting underway.

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