An F/A-18E Super Hornet manoeuvres on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Photo: US Pacific Fleet An F/A-18E Super Hornet manoeuvres on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Photo: US Pacific Fleet
An F/A-18E Super Hornet manoeuvres on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Photo: US Pacific Fleet

A US Navy First Fleet in the Indian Ocean, based out of Singapore? Not likely, analysts say

  • The US Navy Secretary’s proposal raised eyebrows among observers, who say the plan is a ‘trial balloon’ that is unlikely to garner immediate regional support
  • Locating a US naval base in Singapore is also seen as a tricky proposition given the island nation’s efforts to not take a side between Beijing and Washington

Topic |   Defence
An F/A-18E Super Hornet manoeuvres on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Photo: US Pacific Fleet An F/A-18E Super Hornet manoeuvres on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Photo: US Pacific Fleet
An F/A-18E Super Hornet manoeuvres on the flight deck of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Photo: US Pacific Fleet
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