RSAF hone combat skills during Forging Sabre exercise

Senior Airman Devante Williams

Luke Air Force Base hosted Forging Sabre, a large group exercise involving members of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces Nov. 30 through Dec. 15 at Luke Air Force Base.

“Exercise Forging Sabre consists of day and night large-force employment in scenario-based training,” said Lt. Col. John Forino, 425th Fighter Squadron commander. “We also integrate the RSAF command post for real-time battle injects and scenario updates.”

The partnership between the RSAF and the U.S. is essential for not only training but mission success, according to Singapore officials.

Ng Eng Hen, Singapore defense minister, learns about the F-35 Lightning ll Helmet Mounted Display System during his visit to the 61st Fighter Squadron Dec. 10 during Forging Sabre at Luke Air Force Base.

“We have a very deep relationship with Luke Air Force Base, and to be able to train here to test our systems is very important for us,” said Ng Eng Hen, Singapore defense minister. “But beyond that, I think this relationship is built on shared values and perspectives and that we both believe in a strong defense. We are very thankful to Luke Air Force Base and the surrounding communities for allowing our armed forces to train here.”

The goal of the exercise is to provide high-end training for all armed forces personnel.

“Forging Sabre allows our Singaporean partners a chance to train for a combat scenario in phenomenal airspace with the ability to employ live and inert weapons,” Forino said. “It’s a great opportunity for a large group of Singapore Armed Forces members to hone their combat skills”

Singapore officials receive a briefing on the F-35 Lightning II at Luke.

More than six Singapore units were involved in the exercise, including the 425th FS, the 428th FS from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, the Peace Vanguard Apache Attack Helicopter Detachment from Silver  Bell Army Heliport, Marana, Arizona, the Peace Prairie Chinook Helicopter Detachment from Grant Prairie, Texas, and more.

The goal of Forging Sabre was fulfilled thanks to all the Luke Thunderbolts involved, Forino said.

“It was a tremendous effort by many people and agencies to make it a success,” Forino said.