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Singapore to join anti-piracy naval coalition

Singapore: Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean has announced that the Singapore Government is to commit a naval ship and two helicopters from the  Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) to join in the ongoing multinational efforts to suppress piracy in the Gulf. Organised as the Combined  Maritime Forces, the US-led coalition features warships from at least 20  different navies from around the world.     

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has applauded the decision, saying  it shows that Singapore, a small island state with very limited resources, is strongly committed to playing an appropriate role as an important maritime nation and working in concert with the international community.

SSA president Mr SS Teo said that as a Singaporean and a national shipowner, he was "proud ... that Singapore is able to do its fair share in providing  protection to international shipping, including Singapore ships passing the Gulf of  Aden. Not only is this an indication of  Singapore's commitment to international efforts protecting vessels passing through  the region, but a strong measure of reassurance to owners, shippers and seafarers alike."  [13/02/09]

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