Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Singapore made its latest contribution to the multinational effort in support of the reconstruction of Iraq, with the deployment of a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Landing Ship Tank (LST) RSS Endeavour. Chief of Navy RADM Ronnie Tay officiated a send-off ceremony for the LST and its crew of 180 personnel this morning.
RSS Endeavour (L 210), an Endurance-class LST of the Republic of Singapore NavyDuring its three-month long deployment, RSS Endeavour will undertake tasks such as providing logistics support for coalition vessels and helicopters, protecting the waters around key oil terminals, as well as conducting patrols and boarding operations. Colonel Bernard Miranda, Commanding Officer of 191 Squadron, will lead the Republic of Singapore Navy contingent. The SAF had earlier deployed two LSTs, a C-130 transport aircraft and two KC-135 tanker aircraft to the Gulf in support of Iraq’s reconstruction efforts.