Singapore completes third command of multinational counter-piracy task force

Singapore has completed a three-month stint in the Gulf of Aden, during which it led multi-national anti-piracy patrols.

On Thursday, Rear-Admiral Giam Hock Koon from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) handed over command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 to his Pakistani counterpart Commodore Muhammad Ihsan Qadir.

Since March, Radm Giam and 48 other Singapore navy, air force and army servicemen led the CTF 151 in the Gulf of Aden and its surrounding waters, commanding vessels from various countries such as Australia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United States and South Korea.

Under Singapore's command, there were no successful hijacking incidents in the CTF 151's area of responsibility.

Vice-Admiral John W. Miller, Commander NAVCENT, Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces, commended Singapore for its contributions to the multinational counter-piracy efforts in the gulf.

He said, "The superb performance we've seen over the past three months demonstrates the professionalism, dedication, and commitment of the RSN."

Radm Giam also highlighted Singapore's commitment towards keeping strategic waterways such as the Gulf of Aden, free for international trade.

He said, "As a maritime nation, Singapore will continue to play its part to ensure the freedom of navigation and safety of shipping."

Since April 2009, the SAF has deployed three SAF Command Teams and four Task Groups, and most recently a frigate with a naval helicopter, for counter-piracy operations in the gulf.