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​Republic of Singapore air force crew chief assigned to the 428th Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, waits for the arrival of an F-15SG aircraft prior to the start Red Flag 14-3, July 11, 2014 at Nellis AFB, Nev. Air Force photo by A1C Thomas Spangler.

The recently completed Red Flag 14-3 at Nellis AFB, Nev., marked a new first for relations between USAF and Singapore’s Air Force, with the debut of Singapore's top fighter. The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s 428th Fighter Squadron sent 8 F-15SGs to Nellis in early July, along with 8 F-16s, CH-47s, and some 290 personnel from Singaporean detachments co-located at US bases. The US has been working to expand defense cooperation with Singapore, particularly through multilateral events. The Singaporeans joined 83 other aircraft at the exercise, as well as a French C-130. “This high-end exercise provides the RSAF with an opportunity to benchmark itself against other leading air forces,” said Lt. Col. Tham Yeow Min, the RSAF detachment commander. Red Flag 14-3 also marked the first time RSAF’s top of the line F-15SG fighters participated in Nellis’ Red Flag franchise. Tham noted the RSAF has always done well at the Nellis event, and the F-15SG crews “will continue to uphold the high standards.” The RSAF’s 428th FS is based at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, home of the “Peace Carvin V” program between the US and Singapore. The base also serves as the schoolhouse for all RSAF F-15SG training.