SINGAPORE - After more than three months out at sea on anti-piracy missions, the Navy's RSS Tenacious docked in Singapore on Friday morning, having sailed more than 4,500 miles to reach home.
A gentle sea breeze blew away gathering storm clouds, as about 500 friends and family members thronged the pier at Changi Naval Base, armed with banners and cameras to welcome their loved ones.
Some 193 personnel on board, including Air Force pilots, were presented with Overseas Service Medals by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ng thanked the servicemen for their contributions to anti-piracy work in the Gulf of Aden. He noted how they had responded to 21 calls for assistance at sea. "Trade and livelihoods would be severely affected in Singapore and our entire region if the freedom and safety of navigation in these vital sea routes are disrupted. This is the reason that the SAF actively participates in this international effort against the scourge of piracy in the Gulf of Aden," he said.