S’pore establishes new anti-terrorism centre

Ng Eng Hen

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is set to establish an Army Deployment Force (ADF) to help strengthen the country’s ability to combat terrorism, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported, according to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

The ADF will be officially inaugurated on July 12 with 300-400 personnel.

The unit can also be activated to help in civil emergencies and disaster relief missions overseas.

The minister said the initiative was launched after the announcement by the Ministry of Defence in April about a series of plans to cope with threats of terrorism.

He also said the unit would be in a “high readiness state” as it was a rapid response force and speed was vital in counter-terrorism.

The minister revealed that in order to better coordinate counter-terrorism efforts and responses, a national security centre would also be formed.