Our duties and operations go beyond the border of Singapore. As part of the SAF's international responsibilities and contributions, Our Army participates actively in a number of overseas operations, including humanitarian assistance disaster relief (HADR) and peace support missions.
Operation Flying Eagle (OFE) was the largest ever humanitarian assistance disaster relief (HADR) operation undertaken in the history of the SAF. Medical personnel, field engineers and other support personnel were part of the SAF’s joint task force deployed to provide assistance in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
In response to the West Sumatra Earthquake in 2009, Our Army personnel were sent in to aid Indonesia, including Guardsmen and a medical team. Our Combat Engineers also assisted in constructing clinics, on top of other relief efforts.
The SAF activated Operation Blue Heron in 1999, joining a UN endorsed coalition force made up of delegations from around the world to help with peacekeeping activities in East Timor. There, our personnel were actively involved for a span of four years.
From 2007 to 2013, the SAF contributed to the international community's reconstruction efforts to restore stability in Afghanistan. Under the ambit of Operation Blue Ridge, a total of 492 soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan, with a wide range of capabilities deployed. The SAF's contributions included building health facilities, providing dental, medical and surgical treatment, as well as enhancing the security of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with the Weapon Locating Radar, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and Imagery Analysis Teams. The SAF also contributed Military Institutional Trainers to support the ISAF's effort to train the Afghan National Security Forces.
Find out more about Operations Blue Ridge here.
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