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1. The Commander of the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF)
Brigadier General (BG) (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohammad Sharif bin Dato Paduka
Haji Ibrahim was conferred Singapore’s prestigious military award, the Pingat
Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) or Meritorious Service Medal (Military) [MSM(M)], by
President Halimah Yacob. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen presented the award
to BG (U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim at an investiture held at the Ministry of Defence
(MINDEF) earlier today.
BG (U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim was conferred the award for
his significant contributions in enhancing the defence ties between the
Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the RBAirF. Under BG (U) Dato Sharif
Ibrahim’s leadership, both the RSAF and the RBAirF have expanded bilateral
defence cooperation and enhanced professional and personal interactions through
high-level visits, cross-attendance of courses and professional exchanges. Both
Air Forces have deepened cooperation in multiple areas such as humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief, counter-terrorism and the development of
confidence-building measures through multilateral platforms such as the ASEAN
Air Chiefs’ Conference, which has yielded significant professional benefits for
Singapore and Brunei.
3. On receiving the award, BG (U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim said, “being
conferred the MSM(M) is both a tremendous honour and a humbling experience in
equal measure. A tremendous honour as it signifies the close relationship
between the Singapore Armed Forces and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) that has been forged over more than 45 years and
one that the RBAirF will continue to strengthen for years to come. A humbling
experience as the medal’s recognition of meritorious service is not only of
mine but of the officers, airmen and airwomen of the RBAirF.”
4. Prior to the investiture, BG (U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim called on Dr Ng,
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and Chief of Air Force
Major-General (MG) Kelvin Khong after inspecting the Guard of Honour at MINDEF.
MG Khong also presented BG (U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim with the RSAF Honorary Wings
at a ceremony held at MINDEF in recognition of the RBAirF's commitment to
strengthening bilateral relations between the RSAF and the RBAirF.
BG (U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim, who is in Singapore from
10 May to 13 May 2022 for an introductory visit, visited Sembawang Air Base
where he took a familiarisation flight on board an RSAF H225M Medium Lift
Helicopter this afternoon. BG (U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim also visited the RSAF’s
A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport Green Hangar at Changi Air Base. Tomorrow, BG
(U) Dato Sharif Ibrahim will visit the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command at Murai