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US to send combat ships to S'pore

US to send combat ships to S'pore

SINGAPORE: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said the US military had plans to deploy littoral combat ships to Singapore. Dr Gates said this on Saturday, at the Shangri-la Dialogue, an international security conference held in Singapore. Littoral combat ships are speedy, lighter ships designed to operate in shallow waters. "We're examining other ways for our two militaries to train and operate together to include pre-positioning supplies to improve disaster response, improving command and control capabilities and expanding training opportunities to help prepare our forces for the challenges both militaries face operating in the Pacific," Dr Gates said. Singapore's Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen said: "The US's strong presence and continued engagement in this area has been, and will continue to be a critical force of stability and progress for this region. "In that spi...

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