President Tony Tan visits RSAF detachment in Australia

President Tony Tan visits RSAF detachment in Australia

As part of his State Visit to Australia, President Tony Tan Keng Yam visited the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Pearce Detachment at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Pearce in Western Australia on Thursday.

He toured the detachment's facilities and spoke to RSAF personnel and their family members, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement today.

The commander of the detachment, Lt-Col Koi Eng Chew, said later that the "state-of-the-art flying training system that we currently employ has improved the standards of our training".

The RSAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the RAAF to establish the flying training detachment at the RAAF Base Pearce in March 1993. The detachment currently operates the Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft and is home to more than 90 RSAF personnel, including pilots, air force engineers, trainees and support staff, according to the statement.

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