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1. Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command
(INDOPACOM), Admiral (ADM) John C. Aquilino, called on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of
Defence (MINDEF) today. During their meeting, Dr Ng and ADM Aquilino reaffirmed
the long-standing and multi-faceted defence partnership between Singapore and
the US, and discussed initiatives to strengthen the trust and cooperation
between the Singapore Armed Forces and the US INDOPACOM moving forward.
2. ADM Aquilino, who is in
Singapore from 18 to 20 July 2021 for his introductory visit, also called on
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and reviewed a Guard of
Honour prior to calling on Dr Ng. ADM Aquilino will be visiting the
Counter-Terrorism Information Facility later today.
3. ADM Aquilino’s visit underscores the excellent
defence relations between Singapore and the US. The two defence establishments
interact regularly through bilateral and multilateral exercises, high-level
visits, professional exchanges and cross-attendance of courses. These mutually beneficial
interactions have enhanced the professionalism of both armed forces, deepened
mutual understanding and forged strong camaraderie between their personnel.
4. Relevant health checks
and safety measures were taken by the visiting delegation.