Fourth SAF task group leaves for Gulf of Aden

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) today deployed a task group in support of international counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden for the fourth time.

The 145-strong SAF task group, led by Colonel Frederick Chew, comprises of the Republic of Singapore Navy Formidable-class stealth frigate, RSS Intrepid, with a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Sikorsky S70B Seahawk naval helicopter on board.

The three-month deployment will see the SAF task group operating under the ambit of the multinational Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 to undertake operations to disrupt piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden.

Officiating at the send-off ceremony held at Changi Naval Base this afternoon, Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Ng Chee Peng emphasised the importance of the mission and Singapore's continued commitment in ensuring the safety and freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aden.

RDAM Ng also noted that the deployment would provide the SAF the opportunity to gain valuable operational experiences in a multinational setting.

"As a responsible member of the international community, Singapore has been actively doing our part in contributing towards the safeguarding of global commons in the Gulf of Aden," he said.

Prior to this deployment, the SAF has deployed three task groups since 2009.

Members of the public may convey their support to the deployed servicemen on the Sea of Support website (http://www.seaofsupport.sg).

 rchia@sph.com.sg

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