ME6 Richard Goh Leng Yan was enlisted into the Singapore Armed Forces in June 1980. ME6 Goh started his career in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) as a Radar Plotter and had served on board the Minesweeper, Coastal Patrol Craft, Landing Ship Tank and Patrol Craft, and staff appointment in HQ RSN between 1980 to 1990.
After his staff tour in HQ RSN, ME6 Goh was streamed to be a Command and Control (C2) System Operator and served on board the RSN Missile Corvette, RSS Vengeance as a Pioneer Crew. ME6 Goh continued his career as a C2 System Expert.
His outstanding leadership qualities have seen him hold key appointments in the RSN. These include Coxswain of RSS Sea Hawk, RSS Valour, RSS Formidable, 185 Squadron; Formation Master Chief of Maritime Task Force (MSTF); Watch Controller in MSTF Hub; Boat Commander for the Specialised Marine Craft under the Specialised Craft Group; and Head of Military Experts and Warrant Officers Development and Engagement Section under the newly inaugurated Maritime and Training and Doctrine Command. ME6 Goh also served several staff appointments in HQ RSN (Navy Recruitment Centre, Naval Personnel Department and Naval Plans Department).
ME6 Goh's military education included Naval Single Service Module of the Australian Command and Staff Course, Naval Warfare Officer Course and SAF Leadership and Organisational Learning Programme.
He was awarded the Efficiency Medal in 1996, the SAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal in 2005, and the SAF Overseas Service Medal – Gulf of Aden in 2011.
He is happily married to Carol Yew and they have two children, Jonathan and Jocelyn.