SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has welcomed its new Chief of Air Force (CAF) Brigadier-General (BG) Mervyn Tan Wei Ming.
At a Change of Command Parade at Tengah Air Base on Monday evening (Mar 28), BG Tan received the Air Force command symbol from outgoing CAF Major-General (MG) Hoo Cher Mou, according to a press release by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
BG Tan, who is 44 years old, joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in 1990 and received the SAF Overseas Training Award (Graduating) in 1992.
BG Mervyn Tan taking his oath as the new Chief of Air Force at the Change of Command Parade. (Photo: MINDEF)
MINDEF said that in his most recent appointment as Director Military Intelligence and Chief Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, BG Tan played a key role in raising, training and sustaining the military intelligence community “to ensure the SAF remains at the forefront of military intelligence amidst an evolving security environment".
It added that he also led the review and development of the RSAF’s force structure and manpower establishment during his role as Head Air Plans Department, which helped shape the RSAF today.
In his speech at the Change of Command Parade, MG Hoo recalled that when he took Command of the Air Force, RSAF was already making significant strides in its 3rd Generation transformation journey.
“We were in a position of strength, but there remained significant work to be done to bring our transformation to fruition, and to realise the full potential of the new concepts, capabilities and structures,” he said.
He added: “Having spent the past seven to eight years consolidating the transformation, we recognised the need to look at the next bound for our Air Force, in the next 15-20 years, so as to position ourselves well into the future.”
MG Hoo also spoke of RSAF’s participation in overseas missions and international relief efforts in the past three years, citing examples such as the search and locate operations for Malaysia Airlines MH370, the search and recovery operation for AirAsia Flight QZ8501, and firefighting operations in Thailand and Indonesia.
On BG Tan, MG Hoo said: “He is a distinguished commander and has proven himself to be a very capable and effective leader.” He added that he looked forward to seeing BG Tan bring the Air Force to greater heights.