Updated: 06/27/2014 22:04

193 servicemen recognised for contributions to international counter-piracy efforts in Gulf of Eden



Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has presented the Singapore Armed Forces Overseas Service Medal to 193 servicemen in recognition of their contributions to the international counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden. 

Speaking at the presentation ceremony at Changi Naval Base, Dr Ng highlighted how militaries today are often called upon to undertake a wide spectrum of operations to safeguard global commons. 

He noted that the Gulf of Aden may be some 7,400 kilometres away but is a major waterway connecting Asia and Europe, accounting for a significant portion of global trade. 

More than 30,000 vessels pass through those waters each year and they carry on them essential commodities, some making their way to Singapore each day. 

Dr Ng said livelihoods would be severely affected in Singapore and our entire region if there is no freedom and safety of navigation in these vital sea routes. 

This is the reason he said for the SAF to actively participate in the international effort against piracy in the Gulf of Aden. 

The medal recipients were part of the fifth SAF task group deployed to the gulf under the ambit of the multinational Combined Task Force 151, from March to June 2014.

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