A Voyager tanker operated for the first time from Paya Lebar Airbase Singapore, as part of Exercise Bersama Lima.

The exercise is the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangements exercise. The Five Powers Defence Arrangements brings the militaries of Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom together in the region.

In a release, the RAF say that the Voyager Force aircraft is conducting Air to Air Refuelling sorties with the deployed Typhoons of II (Army Cooperation) Squadron that have also been deployed on the exercise.

“The Voyager’s ability to conduct AAR sorties enables the Typhoon pilots to extend their time in the air considerably. As a consequence, a wider range of missions at considerable increased range can be conducted.”

Squadron Leader Nathan Giles, the Voyager Detachment Commander said in the aforementioned release:

“This Voyager deployment is an important step for the force as it demonstrates our ability to operate at considerable range from our home base of Brize Norton and thereby enable the global projection of RAF air power.”

The RAF deployment to Exercise Bersama Lima this year has seen over 200 personnel exercise in the region. This has enabled the RAF Typhoons to conduct complex air activities with the Air Forces of the other participating nations, say the RAF.

10
Leave a Reply

avatar
3 Comment threads
7 Thread replies
11 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
8 Comment authors
BV BusterFaroukPriceLee1the_marquis Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest
Notify of
farouk
Guest
farouk

I was lucky enough to fly down to the Falklands on a Voyager 5 years ago. Really impressed with the plane and a huge step up from the VC10 (which I flew to and from Belize in) and similar in size (Inside) to the Tristar. The trolley dollies on the plane were all civies , is that still the case?

Herodotus
Guest

Hasn’t that service been leased out to a commercial contractor?

Airborne
Guest
Airborne

Ah the VC10, getting wherever you are going backwards!

Price
Guest
Price

Nope all military on voyagers

Farouk
Guest
Farouk

Thanks

BV Buster
Guest
BV Buster

Second that,I have just had a rather long flight on one, had an RAF colour boy/Staffy (flight Sgt?) do the old “emergency exits are located here and here” routine for a load of stinking Army chaps, I don’t think his heart was in it. After a over a decade of advanced RAF training, surly the fine lad was a tad over qualified to hand out nuts!

BV

Cam
Guest
Cam

Jesus we once had Vulcans and all their tankers ect based in Singapore, now one voyagers a huge deal! We have went well down hill!

Herodotus
Guest

Cam…grammar!

Lee1
Guest
Lee1

It is a question of need. Do we need a major permanent presence in Singapore right now? Probably not. Have we needed a large oversized military up until recently?

Lets not forget that this is generally how all nations operate. The US for instance barely had a military leading up to the second world war!

the_marquis
Guest
the_marquis

Ah Singapore, that’s a nice jolly for those guys!

People sometimes question why we should start basing forces again in the Asia-Pacific region, but it’d be great for recruiting and retention!

Port visits to Bangkok, Penang, Spore and Japan beats going round in circles in the Gulf, surely??