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Strong defence critical in ensuring Singapore's progress: President Tony Tan

A strong defence has played a critical role in ensuring Singapore's steady progress since independence, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

SINGAPORE: A strong defence has played a critical role in ensuring Singapore's steady progress since independence, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Noting that a strong and credible armed forces has helped deter potential aggression, he added that it has also given Singapore the confidence to steer a steady course in an uncertain world.

Dr Tan was speaking at a commissioning parade on Saturday evening, where 503 officer cadets were commissioned as officers of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

These include 407 Army, 41 Air Force and 55 Navy officer cadets. After close to 40 weeks of training, they would go on to assume command, instructional, or staff appointments.

Dr Tan also noted that the Singapore Armed Forces has expanded its capabilities to ensure it continues to be ready to defend Singapore given widening security challenges, and is capable of handling conventional and non-conventional threats.

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen, Members of Parliament, senior Ministry of Defence officials and SAF officers were also present at the parade.

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