Australian navy chief Timothy Barrett receives prestigious Singapore military award

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen shaking hands with Chief of the Royal Australian Navy Rear Admiral Timothy Barrett after the investiture.
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen shaking hands with Chief of the Royal Australian Navy Rear Admiral Timothy Barrett after the investiture. PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - The Chief of the Royal Australian Navy was on Tuesday (June 28) conferred the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) - or Meritorious Service Medal (Military) by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen presented the award to Vice-Admiral Timothy Barrett at an investiture held at the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) in the morning.

Mindef said the award was in recognition of Vice-Admiral Barrett's significant contributions in forging closer ties between the Royal Australian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

"Vice-Admiral Barrett promoted greater cooperation between both navies in bilateral and multilateral exercises, including Exercise Singaroo, Exercise Kadaku, Exercise Pacific Reach, and most recently, the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Maritime Security and Counter-Terrorism exercise that Singapore co-organised with Australia, Brunei and New Zealand," it added.

He also strongly supported the RSN's training in Australia.

According to Mindef, the Singapore Armed Forces and Australian Defence Forces share a long history of military cooperation, which take the form of bilateral and multilateral training exercises, operational cooperation and professional exchanges.

During his three-day visit to Singapore, Vice-Admiral Barrett called on Chief of Defence Force Major-General Perry Lim and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han.


Vice-Admiral Barrett inspecting the Guard of Honour at Mindef. PHOTO: MINDEF

He also inspected a Guard of Honour contingent at Mindef, and spoke at the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College on Monday.