SINGAPORE - United States Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus called on Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday morning.
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Here is the statement from the Ministry of Defence:
The United States Secretary of the Navy Raymond Mabus called on Minister for DefenceNg Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence this morning. Secretary Mabus, who is in Singapore for an official visit from July 29 to 31, 2014, also called on Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Yeng Kit and Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng earlier today.
As part of his visit, Secretary Mabus visited Changi Naval Base, where he engaged participants of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the United States Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy. Exercise CARAT is commemorating its 20th anniversary this year.
Secretary Mabus' visit underscores the excellent and long-standing defence ties between Singapore and the US, and in particular, the strong partnership between the navies of both countries. The USN and the RSN interact extensively through bilateral and multilateral exercises, as well as other regular professional exchanges. These interactions strengthen the interoperability and cooperation between the two navies, and foster strong friendships between their personnel.