Defence Minister launches RSAF exhibition in the heartlands

Defence Minister launches RSAF exhibition in the heartlands
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (centre), Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman (right) and Member of Parliament from Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Mr Hri Kumar (left) launching the RSAF@Heartlands exhibition at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub.

Defence Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen today launched the "RSAF45@Heartlands - Celebrating 45 Years of Defending Our Skies" exhibition at Toa Payoh HDB Hub.

The exhibition commemorates the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) 45th anniversary and features different segments showcasing the RSAF's history and heritage, operational capabilities and readiness as well as servicemen's professionalism and commitment.

On taking the exhibition to the heartlands, Commander Paya Lebar Air Base and Deputy Chairman of the RSAF45@Heartlands Executive Committee Colonel Randy Ong said: "RSAF45@Heartlands is a culmination of the RSAF's celebration of our 45th anniversary with our fellow Singaporeans. As much as it is about celebrating 45 years of our Air Force with Singaporeans, this series of RSAF45@Heartlands exhibitions is also about letting our fellow Singaporeans understand the RSAF and our operations."

Accompanied by Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou, Dr Ng interacted with servicemen who were involved in the RSAF's 24/7 Air Defence operations, Search and Rescue operations, as well as with those who had been previously deployed to Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions.

Dr Ng also viewed static displays such as the Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and the Surface-to-air PYthon-5 and DERby Ground-Based Air Defence system. Also present at the exhibition launch were Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Member of Parliament from Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Mr Hri Kumar, grassroots leaders from the community, and senior commanders from the RSAF.

The RSAF45@Heartlands exhibition will also be held at Jurong East from August 16 to 17, at Sengkang from August 23 to 24, and at Yishun from August 30 to 31.

chenj@sph.com.sg

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