The Singapore Defense Ministry has appointed Army chief Melvyn Ong Su Kiat as a new Chief of Defence Force, effective from March 23.
Major-General Melvyn Ong Su Kiat, Chief of Army (COA), is taking over from Lieutenant-General (LG) Perry Lim Cheng Yeow as CDF, and Brigadier-General (BG) Goh Si Hou, Commander 6th Singapore Division, will assume the appointment of COA on 21 March. These changes are part of the continuing process of leadership renewal in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said yesterday.
The incoming CDF, MG Melvyn Ong Su Kiat, 43, joined the SAF in 1994 and was awarded the SAF Overseas Scholarship. As COA, MG Ong strengthened the Army's operational readiness to address the threat of transnational terrorism.
MG Ong seeded initiatives to improve soldier performance and the NS experience. Key initiatives included the Soldier Strong campaign and establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Soldier Performance (CESP) to provide a scientific and data-driven approach to optimise the performance of each soldier. MG Ong also oversaw plans to revamp the SAFTI training area into "SAFTI City", which will provide a realistic dense urban environment to train the next-generation Army.
A Singapore Ministry of Transportation Investigation has blamed crew of the US Navy Ship, John S McCain for a deadly collision with a merchant ship, Alnic MC in Singapore Strait that killed ten US Sailors in August 2017. The report which was released yesterday said,“the safety investigation determined that the USS John S McCain made a sudden turn to Port (left) into the path of Alnic MC because of a series of missteps that took place after propulsion controls were transferred
Singapore has deployed the ASTER-30 Surface-to-Air Missile System, manufactured by MBDA, ordered under a contract signed in 2013. According to Defense Aerospace, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen confirmed the delivery of the system in a speech to Parliaments defense committee on March 2
In a first for a Singapore Government agency, selected ‘white hat hackers from around the world will test major Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)s Internet-facing systems for vulnerabilities (or "bugs"), and will receive rewards (or "bounties") for doing so. The MINDEF's Defence Cyber Chief, Mr David Koh, announced the MINDEF Bug Bounty Programme on the sidelines of his visit to the Cyber Defence Test and Evaluation Centre (CyTEC) on Tuesday
Singapores Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has developed a command and control (C2) system which integrates video feeds from the Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) into an augmented reality display. Acting as the nerve centre of the Command Post, the C2 system gives commanders an integrated battlefield picture, and enables the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to shorten the overall sensor-to-shooter cycle
The Singapore Defense Forces (SAF) has called for applications from interested parties to adopt retired dogs from their Military Working Dog Unit. “These dogs have served with pride and distinction and the SAF hopes to put them in good homes to spend their retirement, purely as companions (not guard dogs), with people who will love and care for them as much as their SAF handlers do,” the Singapore MoD said in a statement
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