SINGAPORE - Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lai Chung Han, 41, currently Deputy Secretary (Policy) at the Ministry of Defence, will take over from RADM Ng Chee Peng as Chief of Navy on August 1.
An alumni of University of Cambridge and Harvard University, RADM Lai joined the SAF in Jan 1992 and was awarded the SAF (Overseas) and President's Scholarship in the same year.
He previous appointments include Commanding Officer of RSS Valiant; Office Director of Future Systems Directorate; Commanding Officer of 188 Squadron; Director (Policy); and Fleet Commander.
RADM Lai has been Deputy Secretary (Policy) MINDEF since Sept 2012.
RADM Ng, 44, has been the Chief of Navy since Mar 29, 2011.
Prior to his current appointment, RADM Ng held appointments such as Commanding Officer of RSS Victory; Commanding Officer of 188 Squadron; Commander of 1st Flotilla; Director (Policy); Fleet Commander; Chief of Staff-Naval Staff; and Chief of Staff-Joint Staff.
In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, MINDEF said that RADM Ng's notable achievements include the operationalising of new platforms such as the ARCHER-class submarines, and contributions to international counter-piracy efforts through its command of Combined Task Force 151 in the Gulf of Aden.
MINDEF thanked RADM Ng for his dedicated service and sterling contributions to MINDEF and SAF.