Singapore Airforce participates in Australian airshow

Singapore Airforce participates in Australian airshow
The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) F-16C fighter aircraft performing aerial acrobatics at the Avalon Airshow 2015.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Airforce (RSAF) will take part in the 12th Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition, said the Defence Ministry (Mindef) in a statement today.

The event, also known as the Avalon Airshow 2015, is being held at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia from Feb 24 to Mar 1.

RSAF will participate with three F-16C fighter aircraft, two Super Puma helicopters and two PC-21 trainer aircraft.

Prior to the Avalon Airshow, the F-16C fighter aircraft also participated in a flypast during the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Feb 21. It was held in remembrance of Australians who fought and died in Singapore during World War II.

Chief of Air Force of the RSAF, Major-General (MG) Hoo Cher Mou, attended the opening ceremony of the Avalon Airshow and met the Chief of Air Force of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Air Marshal (AM) Geoff Brown on Feb 24.

RSAF's participation in the Avalon Airshow 2015 underscores the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Australia, Mindef said.

"The excellent defence ties between both air forces are also evident through regular interactions across a broad spectrum of activities, which includes professional exchanges, cross-attendance of courses and the RSAF's participation in Exercise Pitch Black, a multilateral exercise hosted by the RAAF," the ministry added.

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