Tag: SAF

SAFTI City: The new S$400 million training facility for soldiers very similar to Counter-Strike

Singapore – On June 28, Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen held the SAFTI City ground-breaking ceremony at the SAFTI Training Area. Said to provide a realistic urban environment for soldiers to train for homeland security and urban operations, SAFTI City is scheduled...

Ng Eng Hen: Higher number of near-miss reports in SAF training means soldiers are more serious about safety

Singapore— According to Ng Eng Hen, the country’s Defence Minister, the number of reports of near misses during Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) training has increased. He said that this is a sign that soldiers are taking safety issues more seriously. On June 28, Friday, Dr...

‘Loud sounds’ heard across Singapore possibly caused by SAF’s planned detonation activities, says police

  Singapore – On Saturday morning (April 27), numerous reports were made from different parts of Singapore regarding “loud sounds” that sounded like explosions which alarmed residents. In response to the reports, the police said the noise could have been caused by the Singapore Armed Forces...

Ng Eng Hen: Deaths of 2 SAF servicemen in 2018 were unnatural, but unrelated to service

Singapore—In Parliament on Monday, April 1, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen clarified the causes of death of two Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen in 2018 as due to unnatural causes but “not related to service.” Both men passed away while on SAF premises. In July,...

Daughter of highest ranked SAF warrant officer sweetly tributes her retiring father

Singapore – Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Ng Siak Ping is not only one of the highest ranked warrant officers in the Singapore Army with tonnes of medals and honours. He is also considered as one of four legendary "enciks". He even has challenge trophies named...

New poll shows nearly 2/3 of Singaporeans believe SAF is not open enough about training injuries and deaths

Singapore—A new poll shows that a majority of Singaporeans—61 percent of the respondents—think that the country’s armed forces have not been sufficiently open when it comes to injuries and deaths that are related to National Service training. The poll also shows that the Singapore Armed...

Take a leaf out of the Israeli army when handling deaths in training, says Lim Tean to Ng Eng Hen

Singapore—Armed Forces in different nations deal with training accidents in different ways. After the recent spate of armed forces training-related deaths in Singapore, a total of four in seventeen months from September 2017 to January 2019, Singapore’s Armed Forces implemented new protocols in order...

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announces next-gen SAF would need considerable investments

Singapore—Dr Ng Eng Hen, the country's Minister of Defence, elaborated on improvements to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) that would dissuade aggression as well as bring the Republic into the future. Speaking in Parliament on Friday, March 1 he said,"Defence, especially for a small island like...

SAF regular died of unnatural causes at Kranji Camp II, foul play ruled out

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regular was found dead on Thursday, February 14, at Kranji Camp II. Singapore’s MINDEF said in a press statement late Thursday evening that while the Police regard the fatality as an unnatural death, they do not suspect foul play. The unidentified...

After Aloysius Pang’s death, SAF establishes Inspector-General’s Office to ensure training safety

In the wake of the untimely demise of actor Aloysius Pang as well as 3 other recent SAF-related deaths, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General (LG) Melvyn Ong announced on Thursday, January 31, that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will be establishing an Inspector-General’s Office...