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Australian Navy chief conferred prestigious military award

The Chief of Navy of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice-Admiral Ray Griggs, was conferred Singapore's prestigious military award, the Meritorious Service Medal (military), by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

SINGAPORE: The Chief of Navy of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Vice-Admiral (VADM) Ray Griggs, was conferred Singapore's prestigious military award, the Meritorious Service Medal (military), by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen presented the award to VADM Griggs at the Ministry of Defence on Thursday.

Mindef said in a statement that VADM Griggs is honoured for his significant contributions to forging closer ties between the RAN and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

VADM Griggs promoted closer cooperation between both navies in bilateral and multilateral exercises, including Exercise Singaroo, Exercise Kadaku, Exercise Pacific Reach, and exercises under the ambit of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), the statement added.

VADM Griggs has also been "instrumental in enhancing bilateral cooperation" between the two navies in the areas of counter-piracy and submarine rescue, and had co-signed the bilateral arrangement for submarine rescue support and co-operation with Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng in 2013.

Mindef said this close cooperation has strengthened the professional rapport and camaraderie between the personnel of both navies.

VADM Griggs, who is in Singapore from May 14 to 17, had earlier called on Dr Ng and RADM Ng before the investiture.

He also inspected a Guard-of-Honour contingent at the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday morning. 

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