Singapore's air force gets a new chief in March: BG Mervyn Tan Wei Ming

Brigadier-General (BG) Mervyn Tan Wei Ming (left) will take over as the new Chief of Air Force, when Major-General (MG) Hoo Cher Mou retires on March 28, 2016 from the SAF.
Brigadier-General (BG) Mervyn Tan Wei Ming (left) will take over as the new Chief of Air Force, when Major-General (MG) Hoo Cher Mou retires on March 28, 2016 from the SAF. PHOTO: NG ENG HEN/ FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will get a new Chief of Air Force when Major-General Hoo Cher Mou, 50, relinquishes his appointment in March.

Maj-Gen Hoo, who is trained in air surveillance and air traffic control, was the first non-pilot to be air force chief in the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) history. He has held the post since 2013.

Brigadier-General Mervyn Tan Wei Ming, 44, will take over as the new air force chief on March 28, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Friday (Jan 29).

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, in a Facebook post, thanked Maj-Gen Hoo, who joined the SAF in 1984, for his dedication, service and contributions.

Under Maj-Gen Hoo's leadership, the RSAF participated in various peacetime support operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. These included the search and locate operations for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in 2014, as well as the aerial fire-fighting efforts in Indonesia last October.

He also supervised the RSAF's participation in the nation's Golden Jubilee celebrations last year, including performances by the aerial aerobatics team, the Black Knights.

During his tenure, Maj-Gen Hoo, who has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master of Arts (Biochemistry) from Cambridge University, introduced various initiatives including the reorganisation of the RSAF's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Command to better deliver surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

The incoming air force chief, BG Tan, joined the SAF in 1990. In his military career, he has commanded the Air Defence and Operations Command and headed the Air Plans Department in the RSAF.