Singapore is a participant in Operation Prosperity Guardian (OPG) – a naval activity drive fashioned by the US and different international locations to safe the very important seaway.
Dr Ng mentioned final month that Singapore is deploying a staff of planners to work with worldwide companions at their headquarters to formulate plans.
It would even be sending a staff from the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Info Fusion Centre to assist data sharing and engagement outreach to the industrial delivery neighborhood, in addition to a senior nationwide consultant to the Mixed Maritime Forces (CMF) in Bahrain.
In a separate written reply on Monday, Dr Ng mentioned it’s in Singapore’s curiosity to be part of such worldwide efforts to make sure key sea traces of communication, such because the Purple Sea, stay open and protected for the free movement of commerce.
He reiterated that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) was not concerned in a collection of strikes by the US and the United Kingdon on Houthi targets in Yemen, including that the strikes aren’t linked to Operation Prosperity Guardian.
The Defence Minister additionally urged the Houthis to cease their illegal assaults within the Purple Sea.
MEDICAL TEAM ABOARD FRENCH SHIP
In a written reply to a different parliamentary query, Dr Ng additionally supplied an replace on the two-men SAF staff serving aboard the French Armed Forces’ (FAF) ship FS Dixmude.
The helicopter service is a reconfigured hospital ship
The pair – Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (Dr) Nazirul Hannan Abdul Aziz and Army Skilled 3 (ME3) Jimmy Woo Ying Ming – had been on the ship as a part of Singapore’s continued efforts to offer humanitarian help to Gaza.
“Working along with the FAF and different worldwide companions, they supplied medical support and submit operative nursing care to civilian casualties from Gaza, together with oncological and trauma sufferers with accidents starting from amputated limbs, fractures and infections,” mentioned Dr Ng.
The pair ended their deployment on Jan 27, with the departure of the ship from Egypt.
“The SAF will proceed to observe the scenario within the area intently and assess how we are able to contribute additional in humanitarian help to Gaza,” mentioned the Defence Minister.