KABUL, Afghanistan (June 23, 2013) – Maj. Gen. Ravinder Singh, Chief of the Singapore Army, visited Afghanistan yesterday and met with the ISAF leadership and his forces in Uruzgan.
Singh called on Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and expressed his appreciation to ISAF for the support rendered to Singapore troops during their six years in Afghanistan. Dunford highlighted that Singapore is a valued partner in contributing to the international security and stability efforts in Afghanistan.
“The Singapore contingent is serving honorably and contributes distinguished service to this mission,” Dunford said. “Through their dedication to their tasks and missions here, and to their fellow countrymen, the Singaporeans have helped create a stronger and more stable Afghanistan. Their contribution is greatly appreciated.”
During his visit to Multinational Base Tarin Kowt (MBTK) in Uruzgan Province, Singh met Regional Command- South Commander Maj. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams. He highlighted that the SAF have further built on a longstanding relationship by deploying together in Uruzgan since 2008.
“There is no doubt the success of the ANSF and Regional Command – South is due to the efforts and strength of the coalition. The contributions by the soldiers and officers of the Singapore Armed Forces significantly contribute to our efforts here in Uruzgan and are testament to the commitment and professionalism of the Singapore Armed Forces. On behalf of Regional Command – South and the ten additional troop contributing nations of this coalition, we say, ‘thank you for your service. Job well done.’”
The NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Ambassador Maurits Jochems, said “As the representative of the NATO alliance in Afghanistan, I express our deep appreciation for the contribution Singapore has made to the NATO-led mission here. The ISAF mission, the largest military coalition in history, is truly global in nature and Singapore has demonstrated with this contribution its commitment to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan as an indispensable element of increased stability in the region.”
Singapore soldiers have been deployed in Afghanistan since May 2007 as part of Singapore’s contributions to the multinational stabilization and reconstruction efforts. Singapore has deployed 492 soldiers during its six-year mission here, supporting coalition partners in humanitarian assistance and reconstruction efforts, force protection, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and training of Afghanistan National Security Forces.