The Straits Times
Published on Dec 13, 2012

Gulf of Aden anti-piracy patrols to be managed by 3rd Singapore team


Singapore will send a third team of sailors, soldiers and airmen to the Gulf of Aden in March to oversee multinational anti- piracy patrols. The three-month deployment will also be Singapore's eighth since 2009 in the pirate-infested waters off Somalia.

The upcoming deployment was announced by Senior Minister of State (Defence) Chan Chun Sing on Thursday at a ceremony to welcome home 147 Singapore Armed Forces servicemen who had served in the Gulf of Aden since September.

Mr Chan said Singapore's contributions in the gulf have been "useful and well-received by the international community".

While international naval presence has made a positive impact in the area, Mr Chan who is also Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, said Singapore will work with its coalition partners to decide "when the military presence will be less required".