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Australia And Singapore Likely To Further Strengthen Defence Ties



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NEWS RELEASE DPR 2 4 / 9 5 T h ursday March 3 0 , 1 9 9 5

AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE LIKELY TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN DEFENCE TIES. ^ ^

The Department of Defence today announced that Australia and the Republic'oTStoga^Fe are examining proposals to base Singapore Armed Forces jet trainer aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley and a helicopter squadron at Oakey in south Queensland. β χ ο ■

The Amberley proposal involves about 20 Singaporean A-4 Super Skyhawk aircraft and up to 280 support personnel and their families moving to the area. Eventually up to 700 Singaporean nationals could be located in the Ipswich and Brisbane areas.

Singapore also want to base a helicopter squadron at the Oakey Army Aviation Base which would involve up to 12 Super Puma helicopters and about 500 people including staff and dependants.

Preliminary discussion were held in Canberra recently and negotiations will continue over the forthcoming months. In terms of long term economic benefits, both proposals include the construction of new facilities and opportunities for the local building, real estate, commercial and retail

sectors.

Defence officials from the two countries are preparing mutual arrangements for industry input and appropriate consultation with industry sources and local authorities.

The proposals offer opportunities to further strengthen defence ties between Australia and Singapore. Singapore already has access to a number of Australian Defence Force training facilities and in late 1993 established a flying training school at RAAF Pearce in Western Australia. Co-located

with the RAAF's flying school at Pearce, the Singaporeans training facility has been a valuable boost to the Australian economy. In addition to on­ going operational costs, the Singapore Government is paying an estimated $23 million for additional facilities.

The RSAF has also made deployments to RAAF Base Williamtown since 1977 and. under an agreement signed in 1992, the RSAF has training access to RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland and the RAAF Base Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600

These arrangements offer important strategic benefits to Australia and Singapore by increasing the ability of our defence forces to operate together, contributing to defence industry and logistics cooperation and increasing the exchange of knowledge and ideas on training and operational doctrine and techniques.

F u rth er in fo rm a tio n :

Departmental Brigadier Adrian D'Hage (06) 265 2929 (b/h) 018 633 216 (mobile)