Australia's new air force chief in Singapore for introductory visit

SINGAPORE - The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) new chief Air Marshal (AM) Leo Davies is in Singapore for his introductory visit.

He called on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, Chief of Defence Force Major-General Perry Lim and Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou earlier today, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement.

AM Davies, who arrived in Singapore yesterday, will visit Sembawang Air Base later this afternoon, before taking a familiarisation flight on board a Super Puma helicopter to Paya Lebar Air Base.

His visit underscores the close and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Australia, MINDEF said.

The ministry added: "The Republic of Singapore Air Force and the RAAF interact regularly through bilateral and multilateral training exercises such as Exercise Pitch Black, professional exchanges, and the cross-attendance of professional courses. These extensive interactions have enhanced the interoperability between the two air forces, as well as the professional rapport and ties between their personnel.

"In line with the spirit of the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership signed by both Prime Ministers on June 29, 2015, both air forces will be working closely to strengthen and enhance bilateral defence ties and explore new initiatives for military training and co-operation."