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Singapore completes inaugural bilateral naval exercise with USN off Guam

05 September 2017

Key Points

  • The Singapore and US navies have completed a series of complex warfighting drills off Guam
  • Besides building interoperability, exercise provides Singapore with opportunity to fire longer-range weapons such as the Harpoon anti-ship missiles

RSS Supreme, seen here during a fleet review in mid-2017. The frigate participated in the inaugural edition of Exercise Pacific Griffin in 2017. (IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat)RSS Supreme, seen here during a fleet review in mid-2017. The frigate participated in the inaugural edition of Exercise Pacific Griffin in 2017. (IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat)

In a sign of growing naval interoperability between the two countries, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the United States Navy (USN) have successfully concluded a complex bilateral exercise in waters off Guam.

The inaugural operation, which has been named Exercise 'Pacific Griffin', took place from 19 August to 2 September, and included a number of advanced warfighting scenarios including "the full-spectrum" of anti-submarine, anti-surface, and anti-air warfare missions, said the Singapore Ministry of Defence on 4 September.

"With the vast training space available in the waters off Guam, Exercise Pacific Griffin provided the RSN with the opportunity to conduct high-end exercises of substantial scope and complexity," the ministry added.

Participating assets from the RSN included the Formidable (Project Delta)-class guided-missile frigates RSS Stalwart and RSS Supreme , and the service's first-of-class landing ship tank RSS Endurance . Meanwhile, the USN's deployment included the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado , and P-8 Poseidon and Hawker Hunter aircraft.

On the side lines of Exercise 'Pacific Griffin', the RSN also took the opportunity to conduct unilateral live-firings, with both Stalwart and Supreme deploying Harpoon anti-ship missiles in a time-on-target manner to hit the same target simultaneously.

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