AirAsia flight QZ8501: Ng Eng Hen thanks servicemen for aiding rescue efforts over the New Year

SINGAPORE - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Wednesday evening paid tribute to servicemen working over the holiday period to help in the recovery efforts of AirAsia flight QZ8501.

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Here is Defence Minister Ng's Facebook post on Dec 28l:

The Indonesians have accepted our offer of the Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) and REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

The MCMV departed from Tuas Naval Base this afternoon. The AUV will be transported by C-130, followed by Super Puma helicopter to the LST in the search area tomorrow.

I want to thank all the servicemen and women who are working over the New Year holiday to help our neighbour in need. While your families will miss you, I know that they must be proud and supportive of your efforts.

- Ng Eng Hen

Here is Defence Minister Ng's Facebook post on Dec 27:

RSN frigate, corvette and LST have been asked to proceed towards the area where bodies and debris were found.

MV Swift Rescue will also set sail this evening to join the operation.

The SAF will do all it can to assist Indonesia in this very difficult time.

We offer our deepest sympathies to families of the passengers and crew.

- Ng Eng Hen