- POSTED: 30 May 2014 20:42
- UPDATED: 30 May 2014 23:57
Singapore and the United States reaffirmed their long-standing defence relationship on Friday (May 30), founded on shared strategic perspectives and the belief that a strong US presence in the Asia-Pacific is vital for regional security.
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen and United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have reaffirmed the two countries' long-standing and excellent defence ties.
During their meeting on the sidelines of the 13th Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (May 30), they noted the successful inaugural deployment of the US’ first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USSFreedom, to Singapore in 2013, and looked forward to the arrival of the USS Fort Worth later this year. In addition, they exchanged views on a wide range of regional and security issues, welcoming multilateral forums such as the Shangri-La Dialogue and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus.
Secretary Hagel also called on Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana on Friday.
Separately, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey was conferred Singapore’s highest military award by President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana. This is in recognition of his contributions towards enhancing ties between the United States Armed Forces and the Singapore Armed Forces.