SAF's Landing Ship Tank Returns from the Gulf

20 Dec 2008, 1415 hours (Time is GMT +8 hours) MINDEF -The Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) Landing Ship Tank (LST) RSS Resolution returned this morning from its three-month deployment in the North Arabian Gulf. This was the SAF's fifth LST deployment to the Gulf, as part of Singapore's continuing contribution to the multinational reconstruction efforts in Iraq.RSS Resolution and its 180-strong crew undertook tasks such as protecting the waters around key oil terminals, conducting patrols and boarding operations, and providing logistics support for coalition vessels and helicopters.Commodore Bruce Kafer, Commander Task Force (CTF) 158, had commended RSS Resolution on its sterling performance. He said: "RSS Resolution has made a critical contribution to CTF 158's mission of safeguarding Iraqi waterways and infrastructure protection." The CTF is the maritime component of the multinational task force helping in the reconstruction of Iraq. Its mission is to protect Iraq's vital oil infrastructure and conduct maritime security operations in the North Arabian Gulf. Commodore Kafer is from the Royal Australian Navy.

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