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The United States (US) Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro called on
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) this
afternoon. During their meeting, Dr Ng and Secretary Del Toro reaffirmed the
excellent and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between Singapore
and the US, and the close cooperation between our two militaries.
Secretary Del Toro is in Singapore on an introductory visit from 21 to 23 July 2022. As
part of his visit, Secretary Del Toro also visited RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base (CNB) this morning. He was briefed on
how CNB has supported the US’ continued presence and engagement in the region
over the past few decades.
Secretary Del Toro’s visit underscores the strong
partnership between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the US Navy (USN). Both navies interact regularly through bilateral and multilateral
exercises, professional exchanges, and cross-attendance of courses.
The RSN is currently
participating in the multilateral Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2022,
which is hosted by the USN and held in the waters off Hawaii. Such interactions
deepen cooperation and enhance mutual understanding between the two navies.