Chief of Defence, Army chief and Air Force chief receive promotions

Singapore's ninth and current Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Perry Lim will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General (LG).
Singapore's ninth and current Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Perry Lim will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General (LG).PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore's ninth and current Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Perry Lim led the promotions at the top most level of the Singapore Armed Forces on Thursday (June 30). He will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General (LG).

MG Lim, 43, joined the SAF in December 1990 and was awarded the President's and SAF Overseas scholarships a year later.

He graduated from Cambridge University with first-class honours in mechanical engineering. He was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew postgraduate scholarship in 2008 and obtained a master's in public administration from business school Insead.

Among his appointments are commander of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards and the army's 3rd Division. He was also chief of staff - general staff.

Two other generals who will also move to the next rank are: Chief of Army Brigadier-General (BG) Melvyn Ong and Chief of Air Force BG Mervyn Tan. They will be promoted to the rank of Major-General.

All in, the SAF will promote 434 officers, 67 military experts, and 40 warrant officers from the army, navy and air force on Friday (July 1). The promoted personnel include regulars and operationally ready national servicemen.

Six Colonels will also be promoted to the ranks of Brigadier-General and Rear-Admiral (One-Star).

At a promotion ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence this evening (June 30), Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen and MG Perry Lim presented certificates to some of those who were promoted.