Singapore - New Helicopters To Match
Today's Defence Challenges (10 Apr
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tony Tan unveiled eight
Apache Longbow attack helicopters yesterday. Singapore's United
States-based company of Apache attack helicopters are based at
the Peace Vanguard detachment in Fort Marana, Arizona.
The Apache choppers were a step for the Republic of Singapore
Air Force (RSAF) to further improve their capability to meet today's
defence challenges. At the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Tan said
that it was essential for allied nations to work together to ensure
security in these uncertain times.
Summarizing the sign of the times, Dr. Tan commented that "catastrophic
terrorism" had become a reality to all countries since the
events that happened on September 11, 2001 in the US. Other events
like the war in Iraq and the continuous threat imposed by North
Korea's nuclear tests further stress the importance of like-minded
countries to "cooperate to enhance our common security".
Quoting the example of the defence ties between Singapore and
the US, Dr. Tan said that their relations were based on the similar
desire to see security and stability in the Asia-pacific region
and their priority in upholding the freedom of navigation sea
and air lines of communications. It is therefore important for
the US military to be present to ensure regional stability.
Singapore has provided facilities to support this presence since
the US bases in Subic and Clark had been closed down. Currently,
a significant number of US aircraft and ships call at or transit
He also stressed Singapore's support of US's coalition efforts
for the immediate disarmament of Iraq.
Dr. Tan is on a six-day official visit and is slated to meet
Vice-President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld,
Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser