The Republic of Singapore Air Power (RSAF) has concluded its participation in Train Purple Flag – Alaska, a United States Air Power (USAF)-hosted train at Eielson Air Power Base, Alaska, United States. Held from 9 to 25 June 2022 (SG Time), 10 RSAF F-15SG fighter plane and over 140 RSAF personnel from Peace Carvin V (PC V) Detachment had been deployed to take part on this large-scale air-to-air fight train. This version of Train Purple Flag – Alaska concerned greater than 70 plane, together with the USAF’s F-18, F-16, EA-18G, and A-10 fighter plane. The USAF and RSAF labored carefully on built-in missions in real looking threats and simulated fight situations honing their fight readiness and sharpened operational competencies.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher McGoffin, Director of Operations of the 18th Aggressors Squadron, United States Air Power stated, “To produce other forces train with us enhances our joint interoperability. Via Train Purple Flag, we are able to present a strenuous and real looking fight situation to check their skills. The RSAF has introduced nice functionality to the combat and displayed distinctive techniques and competencies through the train. It’s also vital for us to proceed to hone how we function collectively and strengthen {our relationships} on the skilled and private stage via such workout routines.”


A Republic of Singapore Air Power (RSAF) F-15SG at Train Purple Flag Alaska, hosted by america Air Power (USAF) earlier this month. (Photograph by MINDEF Singapore

Highlighting the importance of the RSAF’s participation in Train Purple Flag – Alaska, LTC Shewan Goh, the RSAF PC V Detachment Commander, stated, “Train Purple Flag – Alaska is a vital alternative for RSAF personnel to coach and sharpen our operational competencies. The mission situations, involving superior techniques and digital warfare, had been real looking and difficult. Our airmen and girls had been capable of benchmark their expertise with the USAF and labored collectively carefully to attain our mission aims. We’re grateful to the USAF for being beneficiant hosts, and look ahead to future alternatives to coach collectively.”

The Republic of Singapore Air Power (RSAF) has been taking part in Train Purple Flag – Alaskasince 1984. Train Purple Flag beforehand referred to as Train Cope Thunder) is a two-week superior aerial fight coaching train held a number of instances a 12 months by america Air Power. Every year, 4 to 6 Purple Flag workout routines are held at Nellis Air Power Base, Nevada, whereas as much as 4 extra, dubbed Purple Flag – Alaska, are held at Eielson Air Power Base, Alaska. It enhances the professionalism and coordination amongst the taking part forces and offers the RSAF a possibility to benchmark itself towards different main air forces.

RSAF and USAF ground crew preparing for refuelling operations.
Republic of Singapore Air Power and United States Air Power floor crew making ready for refuelling operations. (Photograph by MINDEF Singapore)