SAF ceases search operation in South China Sea

SAF ceases search operation in South China Sea
File photo of the Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

SINGAPORE - Following the Malaysian authorities' announcement earlier today that the Search-and-Locate (SAL) operation in the South China Sea has been called off, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has ceased its search efforts there as well.

The SAF will continue to support the SAL operation in the Malacca Strait with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Fokker- 50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (F-50 MPA) which was deployed to Butterworth Air Base, Malaysia, yesterday, said the SAF in a statement.

Since March 8, the SAF has supported the SAL operation in the South China Sea with C-130 aircraft, a Formidable-class frigate (RSS Steadfast) with a Sikorsky S-70B naval helicopter on board, a Victory-class missile corvette (RSS Vigour) as well as a submarine support and rescue vessel with divers on board. These ships and aircraft along with SAF personnel supporting this operation, are on their way back to Singapore.

The SAF stands ready to provide further assistance to Malaysia in support of the SAL efforts.

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