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Real-time experience propels air support 122 Squadron to SAF Best Unit win

Published on Jun 29, 2014 6:00 PM

SINGAPORE - Some 24 military units from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) were honored with Best Unit awards, the Defence Ministry announced on Sunday.

A yearly affair, the awards are given out to units that do well in combat readiness, operational proficiency and administrative excellence.

This year’s notable winners include 122 Squadron, which triumphed as Best Air Combat Support Squadron, in part due to its wealth of experience from real-time operations. It was one of the first responders to offer aid relief after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last year. It also dispatched a C-130 aircraft to search for the missing MH370 flight more recently.

Long-time champion 1st Commandos took home the Best Combat Unit for the 11th consecutive time - its 28th win since the awards began in 1969, while Best Ship went to the RSS Formidable, the stealth frigate’s second win since 2008.

All units will be presented with the awards by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the SAF Day Parade at the Safti Military Institute on Tuesday, July 1.

The full list of active SAF unit winners are:

Best Combat Unit
1st Commando Battalion

Best Infantry/ Guards Unit
4th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment

Best Armour Unit
40th Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment

Best Artillery Unit
24th Battalion, Singapore Artillery

Best Engineers Unit
38th Battalion, Singapore Combat Engineers

Best Signals Unit
1st Signal Battalion

Best Combat Service Support Unit
6th Army Maintenance Base

Best Combat Support Unit
1st Signal Battalion

Best Ship
RSS Formidable

Best Fighter Squadron
145 Squadron

Best Helicopter Squadron
125 Squadron

Best Air Combat Support Squadron
122 Squadron

Best Ground-Based Air Defence Unit
163 Squadron

Best Control Squadron
203 Squadron

Best Air Engineering Unit
807 Squadron