SALUTE! : SAF deploys 3 aircraft to Nepal as part of relief efforts



SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed three C-130 aircraft to Nepal as part of relief efforts, in the aftermath of the earthquake which has taken the lives of more than 2,300 people so far.

Two of the planes took off on Sunday (Apr 26), while a third aircraft departed Singapore on Monday morning.

Six personnel from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre, 28 SAF personnel and 16 medical personnel were among those on board the aircraft.

They will be there to help the Nepalese national disaster management authorities and military with relief efforts.

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Ng Chee Meng sent off the Singapore relief contingent on Sunday evening.

Singapore also sent a 69-member contingent comprising officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Singapore Police Force to assist in disaster relief efforts in Nepal. The contingent also includes regular officers and NSmen.

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