SINGAPORE - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen paid tribute to the efforts of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) this year in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Dec 30).
It was an exceptional year with many challenges, Dr Ng said, but "the SAF performed very well and I am very proud of the men and women who served".
Apart from "high-impact" events like the National Day Parade, the SAF also had to respond to unexpected events, the most significant of which was the death of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Dr Ng said.
"Our servicemen and women in uniform gave of their best and went beyond the call of duty in performing their duties through tears and pouring rain, at the vigils and funeral service, handling hundreds of thousands of mourners at "Camp Padang", the 21-gun salute, the fly- and sail-pasts, and keeping Singaporeans safe at the event - my heart swelled with pride," he said.
He also mentioned SAF efforts in responding to the Nepal earthquake, burning peatlands in Indonesia and the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
"Through it all, we continued to train hard and keep up the tempo of our usual activities," Dr Ng added.
"I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the men and women of the SAF who gave of their best this SAF50 year and achieved all that was expected of us. Well done!"