22 Feb '11, 1pm

116 SAF troops in NZ to help with rescue ops and humanitarian aid. RSAF flying in a command team & @scdf team tmr morn

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean has conveyed Singapore's condolences and offer of assistance to the New Zealand government and people as they grapple with the devastation of the earthquake in Christchurch. In a telephone conversation with the New Zealand Minister of Defence Dr Wayne Mapp this afternoon, Mr Teo offered the assistance of 116 Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regulars and full-time national servicemen to help with rescue operations and to provide humanitarian aid to victims of the earthquake. The servicemen, from Headquarters Guards, were participating in the annual bilateral exercise in Christchurch, codenamed Exercise Lion Walk, when the earthquake happened. The exercise has since stopped, and all SAF personnel are safe and accounted for. The New Zealand authorities have accepted Singapore's offers of assistance. Besides the SAF team...

Full article: http://www.mindef.gov.sg/imindef/news_and_events/nr/2011/...

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