SINGAPORE: The Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Air Marshal (AM) Gavin Davies, has been conferred Singapore’s prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera), or Meritorious Service Medal (Military), by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
According to a press release by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen presented the award to AM Davies at an investiture held at MINDEF on Monday afternoon (Oct 31).
“AM Davies was conferred the award for his significant contributions in forging closer ties between the RAAF and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)”, said MINDEF. It added that he has promoted greater cooperation through joint exercises, including Exercise Pitch Black and Exercise Bersama Lima, and joint operational deployments, such as those in support of multinational counter-ISIS efforts in the Middle East.
MINDEF said that AM Davies also contributed significantly to the operational readiness of the RSAF “through his strong support for the RSAF’s training in Australia, such as basic flying training in Pearce, helicopter training in Oakey, and fighter training in Amberley, Darwin, Rockhampton, Tindal and Williamtown”.
MINDEF noted that the Singapore Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force have a long history of military cooperation in the form of bilateral and multilateral training exercises, operational cooperation, visits, professional exchanges, and the cross-attendance of courses.
AM Davies said: “I am honoured to accept this significant award. Australia and Singapore are close and long-standing partners and over many years, we have worked together on a range of activities to nurture and advance our relationship.
"On behalf of the entire RAAF, I will continue to strive to enhance our relationship, wherever we work together - on exercise, in other training environments and internationally. Australia and Singapore enjoy a robust and close relationship. Looking to the future, I am confident that this will continue.”
Air Marshal Gavin Davies inspecting the guard of honour at MINDEF. (Photo: MINDEF)
AM Davies, who is in Singapore from Oct 30 to Nov 1, called on Dr Ng, Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Perry Lim and Chief of Air Force, Major-General Mervyn Tan. Earlier on Monday, he also inspected a guard of honour contingent at MINDEF and visited the Air Force Training Command.