French air force chief honoured with prestigious Singapore military award
Published on Mar 13, 2014 2:13 PM
The chief of the French air force was honoured by Singapore on Thursday for his role in helping to forge relations between the air forces of both countries.
French air force chief Denis Mercier was conferred Singapore's prestigious military award, the Meritorious Service Medal (Military), by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday. General Mercier received the medal from Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence, in recognition of his contributions.
He had helped forge "excellent defence ties" between the French air force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force, said the Mindef in a statement, adding that bilateral ties have deepened.
The efforts include supporting the RSAF's fighter pilot training in Cazaux Air Base and facilitating military-to-military interactions, such as the attachment of an FAF Qualified Flying Instructor to the RSAF Fighter Wings Course Programme. "These interactions have strengthened the professionalism and mutual friendship between the personnel of both air forces," said Mindef.
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