Chan Chun Sing visits SAF task group in the Gulf of Aden

Chan Chun Sing visits SAF task group in the Gulf of Aden
Mr Chan (centre) speaking to SAF task group personnel deployed to the Gulf of Aden in support of international counter-piracy operations.

Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing visited the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) task group deployed in the Gulf of Aden in support of international counter-piracy operations yesterday.

He was in the Sultanate of Oman from April 9 to 11.

On board the Republic of Singapore Navy's Formidable-class frigate RSS Tenacious, Mr Chan was hosted by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng and briefed on the task group's daily integrated operations by the stealth frigate and naval helicopter.

Mr Chan also spoke with the men and women from the task group who shared about their operational experiences.

The minister underscored the importance of the task group's mission in support of multinational counter-piracy efforts and affirmed Singapore's continued commitment to safeguard the freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aden.

Noting the tri-service nature of the task group, Mr Chan said: "This is one of the few deployments where we have the Army, Navy and Air Force working closely together. The fact that they can work so seamlessly is a testimony to the kind of training that they have and the kind of bond within the SAF. This speaks well of the SAF and gives me confidence that when called upon, our three services will be able to work seamlessly together."

The 151-strong task group, which was deployed in March this year, is the SAF's fifth task group deployed in the Gulf of Aden.

As part of his visit, Mr Chan also met with the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defence His Excellency Mohammed Bin Nasser Bin Mohamed Al Rasbi who hosted Mr Chan to lunch after their meeting. During the meeting, both sides reaffirmed the warm and friendly bilateral relations between Singapore and the Sultanate of Oman.

ellenja@sph.com.sg

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