Naval forces from the US and Singapore have completed the inaugural edition of the bilateral activity Exercise Pacific Griffin off the shore of Guam.
The exercise forms part of an initiative to explore new training spaces and opportunities for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
Exercise Pacific Griffin primarily focused on improving professionalism and interoperability between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and US Navy, and included advanced warfare training between both navies across the complete spectrum of anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-air warfare activities.
US Navy Destroyer Squadron 7 captain Lex Walker said: “Exercise Pacific Griffin provides a unique opportunity for both navies to interact and engage in a broader and more complex range of maritime scenarios and operations.”
The RSN also carried out a number of high-end exercises of substantial scope and complexity.
RSN 185 Squadron commander first flotilla and commanding officer colonel Saw Shi Tat said: “The operating environment in Guam gave us the opportunity to hone our edge and push our operational envelopes.
“It also allowed us to operate with our friends and partners from around the world, including the US Navy.”
The exercise saw the participation of more than 850 representatives from the two nations, and was carried out using the Singapore Navy frigates RSS Stalwart and RSS Supreme, in addition to an Endurance-class landing ship tank RSS Endurance.
US Navy assets such as the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Benfold and underway replenishment oiler USNS Pecos also took part in the event.
The air assets participating in the exercise included the US Navy’s P-8 Poseidon and Hawker Hunter fighter jets and the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk naval helicopter, which was deployed on-board RSS Supreme.
The RSN also conducted a live-firing of a designated time-on-target Harpoon missile during Exercise Pacific Griffin.
Image: The RSN and US Navy ships sailing in formation at Exercise Pacific Griffin off the coast of Guam. Photo: courtesy of the Government of Singapore.