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