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The Chief of Army of the Australian Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) David Morrison, has been conferred Singapore's prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) or the Meritorious Service Medal (Military).
SINGAPORE: The Chief of Army of the Australian Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) David Morrison, has been conferred Singapore's prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) or the Meritorious Service Medal (Military), by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen presented the award to LTGEN Morrison at an investiture at the ministry on Tuesday morning.
MINDEF said LTGEN Morrison was awarded the medal in recognition of his significant contributions to strengthening bilateral defence ties.
He has been instrumental in supporting the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) training in Australia, including the annual Exercise Wallaby at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area and the renewal of the Oakey Agreement in June 2012.
He also promoted closer cooperation between the armies through his support for the annual bilateral armour exercise, Exercise Matilda.
MINDEF said that under LTGEN Morrison's leadership, the Australian Army provided strong support for SAF's deployments in Afghanistan, and this close cooperation has strengthened the professional rapport and camaraderie between the officers and men of the two armies.
On receiving the award, LTGEN Morrison said: "I am honoured to accept the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) and I thank the people and the Government of Singapore for this recognition.
"I have had the privilege of working closely with the SAF throughout my career. It is a most dedicated and professional national institution and I am delighted to have been considered for this award. I will wear it with pride, certain in the knowledge that Singapore and Australia will continue to work constructively and with purpose to ensure the prosperity of both our countries and the region."
MINDEF said the SAF and Australian Defence Force have a long history of military cooperation in the form of visits, professional exchanges and cross-attendance of courses.
Australia and Singapore also interact multilaterally under the ambit of the Five Power Defence Arrangements and the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus.
These interactions have strengthened the close and longstanding defence relationship between the two countries.
LTGEN Morrison, who is in Singapore from September 16 to 18, called on Dr Ng, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, and Chief of Army Major-General Ravinder Singh, prior to the investiture.
He also spoke to officers of the 44th Command and Staff Course and 2nd Command and Staff Course (Executive) on the topic "Raising, Training and Sustainment of Land Forces in Contemporary Operations" at the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College on Tuesday morning.