Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen visited a Fleet Exercise conducted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in the South China Sea on 22 March 2016. During the visit, Dr Ng witnessed the successful live firing of a Barak anti-missile missile from the RSN's Victory-class missile corvette RSS Vigour. Dr Ng was also briefed by Colonel Edwin Leong, Commanding Officer of the RSN's Missile Corvette Squadron, on the conduct of the exercise and the capabilities of the missile corvette.
Speaking after the exercise, Dr Ng commended the RSN personnel's professionalism and commitment to maintaining operational readiness and ensuring mission success. He said, "I watched the entire live firing from another ship alongside. It was deeply satisfying to see the system work like clockwork. It detected and tracked the target and launched the Barak missile to hit spot-on. It gives us confidence that all our investments into sophisticated systems will be able to defend Singapore, when we need to."
Dr Ng was hosted during the visit by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han, and accompanied by Chief of Defence Force Major-General Perry Lim as well as other senior officials from MINDEF and the RSN.