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March 18, 2018
New Zealand will continue to evaluate the proposal for Singapore's F-15 jets to train at Ohakea Air Force Base in New Zealand in the long-term, the defence ministers of both countries said in a joint statement yesterday.
This was among the developments at the second annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers' Meeting in Auckland.
At the one-day meeting, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his New Zealand counterpart Ron Mark reaffirmed the deep defence ties between the two countries, Mindef said in a statement.
In August last year, The Straits Times reported that Singapore had asked the New Zealand government about accommodating F-15SG fighter jet training in Ohakea in the long-term.
According to earlier New Zealand media reports, a move was mooted to deploy a squadron of F-15 fighters at the airbase.
The New Zealand Herald reported that up to 500 people could be stationed at the base in Manawatu on the North Island.
New Zealand hosted Singapore for flying training from August to September last year. The Singapore air force sent six F-16D+ fighter jets, as well as support equipment and personnel to Ohakea for an exercise. In the statement yesterday, Mindef said the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the New Zealand Defence Force agreed on further cooperation at the meeting.
This would take place through air force staff talks, an education and training working group, and an operational working group.
Mr Mark, who as Defence Minister was meeting a South-east Asian counterpart for the first time, in the joint statement said Singapore is New Zealand's closest defence partner in South-east Asia.
Dr Ng expressed gratitude for SAF training opportunities in New Zealand. Both ministers recognised the longstanding collaboration between the two countries on overseas peace-support missions.
The most recent one was in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Dr Ng and Mr Mark also affirmed their commitment to the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus framework, and Five Power Defence Arrangements.
The Philippine Coast Guard rendered an arrival ceremony for Multi-Role Response Vessel-4409 (Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Cabra), its 8th MRRV under the helm of Lieutenant Commander Joel N Ogorida PCG at the Coast Guard Surface Support Force, Pier 13 today, March 16.
BRP Cabra will be deployed to support the anti-illegal drugs campaign piracy smuggling, illegal fishing, and other forms of lawlessness for conducting maritime security operation and patrol missions to our country.
In the midst of a limited budget, the procurement of the main weapon system equipment (Alutsista) TNI still required to carry out their duties and obligations in a qualified. While serving as Inspector General of the Ministry of Defense, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has his own strategy, among others, avoiding the purchase of defense equipment from brokers. Thus, the purchase of defense equipment is really oriented to needs rather than interests that may be more profit-oriented.
One example of independence to choose based on needs is drone aircraft alias drag. Indonesia once used the Israeli product, the country with the most mastered drone technology. But until now the country does not want to release control of the operation of these planes. Finally, Hadi chose a drone made domestically and China.
"The reason is, China only does not limit the utilization of their production drones, anyone can buy the maximum technology they produce," said Hadi in the book of Sergeant Sommer So Chief who was launched on Friday (16/3/2018).