A key achievement in the career of Singapore's new Chief of Defence Force is the way he boosted the army's regional and world standing as a valuable defence partner, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef).
This was done through bilateral exercises with foreign armies, the ministry added yesterday when announcing the promotion of Major-General Melvyn Ong Su Kiat. The 43-year-old Chief of Army takes up his new post on March 23.
Mindef noted that Singapore successfully hosted the 18th Asean Chiefs of Army Multilateral Meeting and the 27th Asean Armies Rifle Meet last November. The events "reaffirmed the solidarity among Asean armies", said Mindef, adding that the armies signed a declaration to introduce an annual information-sharing workshop to enhance learning and cooperation.
Maj-Gen Ong, who joined the Singapore Armed Forces in 1994 and was awarded its overseas scholarship, became army chief in August 2015. He moved up to his current rank in 2016.
Aw Cheng Wei