US, Singapore Agree on Deployment of Spy Aircraft - Defense Department

© AP Photo / Rob GriffithA US Navy P-8 Poseidon takes off from Perth Airport in 2014.
A US Navy P-8 Poseidon takes off from Perth Airport in 2014. - Sputnik International
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US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Singaporean Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen have agreed on deployment of P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft to Singapore in December, the Pentagon said in a press release on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The top defense officials said the aircraft’s deployment would help to promote regional militaries cooperation and provide support for regional maritime security efforts.

“Secretary Carter and Dr. Ng also welcomed the inaugural deployment of the P-8 Poseidon aircraft to Singapore from 7 to 14 Dec. 2015,” the release said.

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this file still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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At present, the US military conducts surveillance missions from Japanese and Philippine airfields, while continuing military patrols in the disputed waters.

Carter and Ng met in Washington, DC to sign the enhanced defense cooperation agreement, which should provide a new framework for an expanded defense cooperation, according to the Defense Department.

Under the enhanced agreement, the countries will cooperate in the spheres of military, policy, strategic as well as technology, and work against such challenges as piracy and transnational terrorism.

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