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French Air and Space Force Chief of Staff receives prestigious S'pore military award

SINGAPORE – General Philippe Lavigne, the Chief of Staff of the French Air and Space Force, has received a prestigious military award for his contributions to strengthening ties between the air forces of France and Singapore.

Gen Lavigne was presented with the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera), or Meritorious Service Medal (Military), by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Thursday (April 8) morning at the Ministry of Defence headquarters.

The award was conferred on Gen Lavigne by President Halimah Yacob.

In a statement on Thursday, Mindef said Gen Lavigne was conferred the award for his significant contributions towards enhancing bilateral defence ties between the French Air and Space Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).

“Under his leadership, the two air forces collaborated in areas of interests, including unmanned aerial vehicles and air-land operations,” said Mindef.

“Gen Lavigne’s support has also been vital for the RSAF to sustain aircrew training at the advanced jet training detachment in Cazaux Air Base.” 

Gen Lavigne said: “I am very honoured to receive this prestigious award. The credit goes to all the French and Singaporean aviators who work together to defend our shared values.

“This distinction highlights the friendship and the great cooperation between the Republic of Singapore Air Force and the French Air and Space Force.”

On Thursday morning, Gen Lavigne reviewed a guard of honour and took a familiarisation flight on board an RSAF AS332 Super Puma helicopter.

Besides meeting Dr Ng, he also called on Chief of Defence Force Melvyn Ong and Chief of Air Force Kelvin Khong.

Gen Lavigne then visited Paya Lebar Air Base to view the F-15SG fighter aircraft on static display.

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