In a series of US military actions in response to China’s increasingly assertive claims over territory in the South China Sea, the United States has of late deployed a P-8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore for the first time.
The US says it will also base a military reconnaissance plane at the Paya Lebar air base here.
Besides the P-8 deployment, the US says it will also operate a military plane – either a P-8 Poseidon or a P-3 Orion – from Singapore for the foreseeable future, rotating planes on a quarterly basis.
The US-Singapore agreement, announced after a meeting in Washington on Tuesday, between US Defence Secretary Ash Carter and Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, also covers co-operation on counter-terrorism, fighting piracy and disaster relief. (ANI)