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U.S. Navy Aircraft Showcase Capabilities, Promote Regional Partnerships in Singapore Air Show

17 February 2016

From Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Madailein Abbott

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and two F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and their crews are taking part in the Singapore International Airshow, Feb. 16-21.

SINGAPORE - U.S. Navy aircraft are participating in the Singapore International Airshow Feb. 16-21 held at the renowned Changi National Exhibition Center.

Crews from the Navy’s P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and two F/A-18E/F Super Hornets joined aircrews from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marines for the weeklong exhibition. The Navy aircraft, from Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115, are forward deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet and have routine presence across the region.

Singapore’s biennial airshow provides an ideal forum for naval aviators and crews to engage with their U.S. counterparts along with aircrews from allied and partner nations from across the region and the world.

“This year’s air show really is a sight to see,” said Naval Air Crewmen Operator 1st Class Phillip Weisner. “Everyone worked really hard to make this possible and to have everything ready in time. We are really excited to showcase U.S. Naval Aviation alongside our Air Force and Marines counterparts.”

The Singapore airshow occurs every two years and is the largest defense exhibition and international tradeshow in the Pacific region. This year’s exhibition is the 5th Singapore International Airshow since its inception in 1996.

The Navy teams also hosted a visit by Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, and other senior leaders during their flight line exhibition. The engagements provided the crews with opportunities to familiarize senior leaders with current operations and the capabilities of their aircraft.

“It’s been a really interesting experience coming here to Singapore,” said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Holly Tyler. “We helped with the setup and now we’re answering questions from our senior leaders and counterparts from nations across the world. I’m very proud to be representing the U.S. Navy during the Singapore airshow.” U.S. Navy participation in airshows helps demonstrate America’s commitment to the peace and security of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region while fostering enduring relationships with international audiences and partner militaries.

The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed maritime operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, the U.S. 7th Fleet interacts with 36 nations across the region to build security partnerships that foster maritime stability.

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