Changes at the top in SAF's ongoing leadership renewal

Major-General (MG) Melvyn Ong Su Kiat (left), currently Chief of Army, will take over as Chief of Defence Force on March 23, 2018. Brigadier-General (BG) Goh Si Hou, currently Commander 6th Singapore Division, will take over as Chief of Army on March
Major-General (MG) Melvyn Ong Su Kiat (left), currently Chief of Army, will take over as Chief of Defence Force on March 23, 2018. Brigadier-General (BG) Goh Si Hou, currently Commander 6th Singapore Division, will take over as Chief of Army on March 21, 2018. PHOTOS: MINDEF

The Singapore Armed Forces will have a new Chief of Defence Force taking over on March 23.

Army chief Melvyn Ong Su Kiat, 43, will replace Lieutenant-General Perry Lim Cheng Yeow, 46, who has served as Chief of Defence Force since Aug 18, 2015.

In turn, taking over Major-General Ong's place as army chief will be Brigadier-General Goh Si Hou, 40, commander of the 6th division.

The changes are part of continuing leadership renewal in the SAF, a ministry spokesman said.

As army chief, Maj-Gen Ong oversaw the setting up of the Island Defence Training Institute at Clementi Camp, which trains and develops SAF units to protect important military and civilian installations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'Changes at the top in SAF's ongoing leadership renewal'. Print Edition | Subscribe