President Halimah Yacob launched the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) 50th anniversary celebrations at the Singapore Airshow 2018 at Changi Exhibition Centre today. At the launch ceremony, President Halimah unveiled the RSAF50-themed F-15SG and witnessed a symbolic flypast of three F-15SGs. The launch was witnessed by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, Second Minister for Defence Mr Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Permanent Secretary for Defence Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Perry Lim, Chief of Air Force Major-General (MG) Mervyn Tan, Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, former RSAF Chiefs of Air Force and invited foreign officials.
During her visit to the RSAF50 Pavilion, President Halimah officially launched the commemorative RSAF50 Mural. When completed, the RSAF50 Mural will feature a montage of 50,000 photos contributed by Singaporeans collected during the various RSAF50 celebratory events. President Halimah also toured the RSAF static display where she interacted with current and previous generations of RSAF personnel. Sharing her thoughts during her keynote address, she said, "I would like to congratulate the RSAF on its success and achievements over the past 50 years. To our past and present airmen and women who have made the RSAF's success possible, I thank you for your professionalism and unwavering commitment. I am confident that the RSAF will continue to keep our skies free and secure, for the next 50 years and more. I wish the RSAF continued excellence in the years ahead."
The RSAF is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, marking five decades of commitment and dedication to safeguard Singapore's skies. Members of the public may visit www.mindef.gov.sg/RSAF50 for more details on the RSAF's year-long celebratory events.