Singapore and US Navies conduct bilateral exercise Pacific Griffin
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Singapore and US Navies conduct bilateral exercise Pacific Griffin

07 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 7th, 2021 12:30)

The exercise is aimed at enhancing bilateral interoperability between the two navies.

Singapore and US Navies conduct bilateral exercise Pacific Griffin
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) frigate RSS Tenacious firing a harpoon anti-ship missile during a coordinated strike with RSS Stalwart and the RSAF fighters, in the waters off Guam during Exercise Pacific Griffin 2021 (XPG21). Credit: MINDEF/Government of Singapore.

The US Navy (USN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) are conducting a bilateral exercise Pacific Griffin in the water off Guam.

The exercise, which will run to 7 July, offers an opportunity for the two navies to enhance their capabilities and cooperation.

The RSN’s Formidable-class frigates RSS Tenacious and RSS Stalwart, and the Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Fearless are participating in the exercise.

The USN has deployed its Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Benfold, auxiliary ship USNS Amelia Earhart and a Los Angeles-class submarine.

The exercise will cover air, surface and underwater domains.

During the exercise, RSN and USN naval divers conducted maritime counter-terrorism training.

The navies of the two countries also combined boarding of a vessel of interest, simulated by RSN’s training ship ‘MV Avatar’.

Furthermore, the Singapore Navy participants fired torpedoes and conducted an Aster anti-air missile firing.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) conducted a successful coordinated missile firing against a surface target.

RSN deputy fleet commander colonel Ooi Tjin Kai said: “Exercise Pacific Griffin is an important part of a series of regular bilateral interactions with our US counterparts.

“We always look forward to training with the USN as it provides us the opportunity to conduct exercises to hone our capabilities and enhance our cooperation.”

During the exercise, the RSN and RSAF also executed other integrated missions in support of maritime operations.

US Navy Task Force 71 commander captain Chase Sargeant said: “Exercises like Pacific Griffin emphasise cooperation while building competencies in a complex and technologically-advanced training environment.

“This exercise demonstrates the trust and expertise we have built over the years with the RSN through increasingly complex and integrated training and live fire events.”

Before participating in the exercise, all SAF personnel underwent pre-departure isolation and tested negative for Covid-19.

In May last year, the US and Singapore conducted Exercise Pacific Griffin in South China Sea.