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24 Nov 15. Singapore enhances rotary-wing aircraft operations in Exercise ‘Wallaby 2015’ with new facility. The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has commenced operations from Warriors Camp: a new facility prepared specifically for rotary-wing aircraft launch, recovery and maintenance operations during Exercise ‘Wallaby 2015′. The exercise is being held from 25 September to 28 November in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) near the northeastern city of Rockhampton, Australia.
Colonel Teoh Chun Ping, Commander Helicopter Group and one of three exercise air directors for Exercise Wallaby 2015, said the RSAF has operated from Rockhampton Airport ever since it made its inaugural participation in the exercise series in 1993.
“We have moved part of our assets from Rockhampton Airport to the [facilities] here in Warriors Camp,” Col Teoh said. “That allows us to launch our assets more quickly and in a more tactically realistic environment, so that will translate into how we can push some of our TTPs [tactics, techniques, and procedures] and CONOPs [concept of operations] and expand some of the scenarios that are at play [during] this exercise.”
The new Warriors Camp is sited within a larger facility owned by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) and features a 1020×900 ft rotary-wing aircraft parking area and a central landing/take-off strip, with sufficient space to support up to nine heavylift helicopters in its present state of development. However, the service presently demarcated seven 180x180ft lots that serve two CH-47 Chinook heavylift and five AH-64D Apache attack helicopters.
IHS Jane’s understands that the service’s AS332M Super Puma medium-lift helicopters are presently operating from Rockhampton Airport, although discussions are underway to expand the aircraft parking area in Warriors Camp to accommodate the Super Pumas in future exercises.
“In the past when we were operating from the airport we had our fighters, the transports, and the helicopters based there, and because of [concurrent civilian flight operations] … that could impose certain limitations in terms of the tempo of our launches,” he explained. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Nov 15. Singapore navy showcases operational variant of its stealthy, high-speed naval interceptor. Key Points:
• The Republic of Singapore Navy disclosed further details of its naval interceptor development programme during a media event on 25 November
• The Specialised Marine Craft, which is operated by the navy’s Specialised Craft Group, is specially designed to undertake a range of maritime security missions
Fresh details of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) stealthy naval interceptor development programme were revealed during a media event at the service’s primary facility of Changi Naval Base on 25 November.
The new interceptor, called the Specialised Marine Craft (SMC), made its public debut during the country’s National Day celebration on 9 August as part of the military display aimed at showcasing the Singapore Armed Forces’ latest capabilities. The SMC replaces the service’s 20 tonne Fast Boat inshore patrol craft, which were delivered from 1990 and subsequently retired in 2008.
Lieutenant Colonel Tan Say Yong, head of the RSN’s Specialised Craft Group (SCG) that operates the SMC and one of the key architects involved in its development, said the SMC’s primary role is to perform inshore and coastal interception of threats at sea as one of the service’s surface assets within its multi-layered and net
The SMC is also designed to perform base defence for the country’s main naval operations facilities, force protectio