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

Crew of RSS Formidable undergo and fire damage control drill in a recreation room. The RSS Formidable has won Best Ship for the second time in the SAF Day Best Unit Competition. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Crew of RSS Formidable undergo and fire damage control drill in a recreation room. The RSS Formidable has won Best Ship for the second time in the SAF Day Best Unit Competition. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
(Left) Captain Tung Wanling and other crew undergo a simulation training in the RSS Formidable's Combat Information Centre. The RSS Formidable has won Best Ship for the second time in the SAF Day Best Unit Competition. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PE
(Left) Captain Tung Wanling and other crew undergo a simulation training in the RSS Formidable's Combat Information Centre. The RSS Formidable has won Best Ship for the second time in the SAF Day Best Unit Competition. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Lieutenant-Colonel Ong Chee Wei, 41, Commanding Officer of RSS Formidable, with his crew in front of their ship. The RSS Formidable has won Best Ship for the second time in the SAF Day Best Unit Competition. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Lieutenant-Colonel Ong Chee Wei, 41, Commanding Officer of RSS Formidable, with his crew in front of their ship. The RSS Formidable has won Best Ship for the second time in the SAF Day Best Unit Competition. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
145 Squadron has won the Best Fighter Squadron. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
145 Squadron has won the Best Fighter Squadron. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
145 Squadron has won the Best Fighter Squadron. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
145 Squadron has won the Best Fighter Squadron. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
(From left) Lieutenant Emil Vincent Lina Lau, 27, Military Expert 2, Aloysius Lye, 38, Lieutenant-Colonel Lim Kok Hong, 38, and Lieutenant Yap Yong Wei, 26 of 145 Squadron. 145 Squadron was named the Best Fighter Squadron. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LU
(From left) Lieutenant Emil Vincent Lina Lau, 27, Military Expert 2, Aloysius Lye, 38, Lieutenant-Colonel Lim Kok Hong, 38, and Lieutenant Yap Yong Wei, 26 of 145 Squadron. 145 Squadron was named the Best Fighter Squadron. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Soldiers from the 1st Commando Battalion on mission training. The 1st Commando Battalion) has won Best Combat Unit for the 11th consecutive year, and 28 times in total. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Soldiers from the 1st Commando Battalion on mission training. The 1st Commando Battalion) has won Best Combat Unit for the 11th consecutive year, and 28 times in total. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Soldiers from the 1st Commando Battalion on mission training. The 1st Commando Battalion) has won Best Combat Unit for the 11th consecutive year, and 28 times in total.. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Soldiers from the 1st Commando Battalion on mission training. The 1st Commando Battalion) has won Best Combat Unit for the 11th consecutive year, and 28 times in total.. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
(From left) Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Hoo, 35, 2nd Warrant Officer Lim Jie Hui, 32, Corporal First Class Kannan Gokul, 20, Corporal Ryan Ho, 20. 1st Commando (1CDO) has won Best Combat Unit for the 11th consecutive year, and 28 times in total. --
(From left) Lieutenant-Colonel Iain Hoo, 35, 2nd Warrant Officer Lim Jie Hui, 32, Corporal First Class Kannan Gokul, 20, Corporal Ryan Ho, 20. 1st Commando (1CDO) has won Best Combat Unit for the 11th consecutive year, and 28 times in total. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
122 Squadron won the Best Air Combat Support Unit for the fourth time. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
122 Squadron won the Best Air Combat Support Unit for the fourth time. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
122 Squadron won the Best Air Combat Support Unit for the fourth time. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
122 Squadron won the Best Air Combat Support Unit for the fourth time. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
(From left) 1st Sergeant Eng Guan Peng, 26, Lieutenant-Colonel Wong Hong Kai, 33, Major Darrell Goh, 33 of 122 Squadron. 122 Squadron, which privided aid relief when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, won the Best Air Combat Support Unit for t
(From left) 1st Sergeant Eng Guan Peng, 26, Lieutenant-Colonel Wong Hong Kai, 33, Major Darrell Goh, 33 of 122 Squadron. 122 Squadron, which privided aid relief when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, won the Best Air Combat Support Unit for the fourth time. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

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 Unit1st Commando Battalion

Best Infantry/ Guards Unit4th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment

Best Armour Unit40th Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment

Best Artillery Unit24th Battalion, Singapore Artillery

Best Engineers Unit38th Battalion, Singapore Combat Engineers

Best Signals Unit1st Signal Battalion

Best Combat Service Support Unit6th Army Maintenance Base

Best Combat Support Unit1st Signal Battalion

Best ShipRSS Formidable

Best Fighter Squadron145 Squadron

Best Helicopter Squadron125 Squadron

Best Air Combat Support Squadron122 Squadron

Best Ground-Based Air Defence Unit163 Squadron

Best Control Squadron203 Squadron

Best Air Engineering Unit807 Squadron

 

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