HMS Defender is part of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 2021 (CSG21), led by HMS Queen Elizabeth (on its maiden operational deployment this year), according to the British High Commission in Brunei. The Queen Elizabeth is one of the two largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy and is now leading a British and allied task group on the UK’s most ambitious global deployment for two decades, visiting the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific. HMS Defender will demonstrate the UK’s interoperability with allies and partners and ability to project cutting-edge military power in support of international maritime security. HMS Defender’s Commanding Officer Commander Vince Owen said, “It is a great privilege for HMS Defender to have the opportunity to represent Global Britain in Brunei. Brunei is an important enduring friend and partner of the UK in the region and I am very much looking forward to welcoming representatives from the government and armed forces onboard to ... » Learn More about Brunei advancing defence ties with Britain
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MANILA, Philippines – In the past month, the public was more likely to see President Rodrigo Duterte in a collared shirt flanked by men in camouflage than in a barong accompanied by Cabinet secretaries. Anyone who has watched his recent public speeches live will notice that most of them were given in the presence of soldiers, inside the covered court of a military camp. From July 21 to August 12, or in less than a month, the President has visited no less than 14 military camps across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Here is a complete list of these camps with the dates of his visit: No other president has dropped in on so many military camps in his first weeks in power. In a previous article , written after his visit to 6 camps, I wrote about what he did and said during these visits. The core of these trips were his speeches, delivered in front of hundreds of soldiers – from scout rangers to navy officers to army medical ... » Learn More about Why has Duterte visited 14 military camps in less than a month?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The woman who was charged for not wearing a face mask in public on multiple instances now has her bail of S$12,000 revoked after facing a fresh charge. Phoon Chiu Yoke first came into the limelight after a video of her refusing to wear mask at Marina Bay Sands went viral in May this year. Phoon, who was previously released on bail, is now remanded after being charged for not wearing a face mask on June 25 in Mandarin Orchard, CNA reported. She now faces 22 charges and is set to appear at a pre-trial conference on July 26. Background Previously, Phoon's bail was increased from S$8,000 to S$12,000 after she was found not complying with Covid-19 measures while on bail. In earlier court hearings, Phoon, who is a former navy officer, claimed to be an "eye witness" to many cases during her time in the SAF, and described the cases as "grave" and "very serious in nature". "Due to all these ... » Learn More about ‘MBS badge woman’ has S$12,000 bail revoked, is remanded after not wearing mask in public again
If Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap could go back and give his seven-years-younger self one piece of advice, it would be to prepare his wife for what was to come. "The mistake back then is that I didn't actually get my wife to understand better." It was a bit of a challenge for her, he admits, remembering that she had mixed feelings when he was elected as an opposition Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament in the historic 2011 General Election. In the years since, the 43-year-old went on to assume several more positions of leadership within the party — most recently, chairmanship of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) — and at each point, conversations with his homemaker wife had to be had. "She always has this mixed feeling lah — she knows that I have to do what I have to do, you know. But again, of course as a wife and as a mother to our kids right, she has a bit of concern lah. Especially in terms of the AHPETC thing right? ... But I told her that you ... » Learn More about Muhamad Faisal Manap: The quiet but stubborn power of a humble, “average” family counsellor
On a cold Washington day, it would have looked like any another ceremony the United States has held for decades. Flags were hoisted on pillars of the Capitol, while the most powerful leaders of one of the most powerful nations in the world gathered to usher in a new administration. Except that the inauguration of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was in many ways, no ordinary occasion. As the two new leaders stepped out onto the Capitol balcony for their historic oath-taking, outgoing US president Donald Trump departed the White House for the last time on January 20. Walking toward a chopper stationed on the South Lawn, the world watched Trump leave the corridors of power with little to say on the last hours of his tumultuous presidency. Across the Pacific, close to midnight in the Philippines for President Rodrigo Duterte, the firebrand leader bid goodbye to the American president he once belted out in song for. ... » Learn More about Biden’s opportunities in PH and how Duterte can gain from them
SINGAPORE - United States Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin met his counterpart Ng Eng Hen in Singapore on Tuesday (July 27), as both leaders reaffirmed defence ties and expressed hope for further cooperation in areas such as cyber defence and strategic communications. The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said that Dr Ng and Mr Austin reaffirmed the excellent and longstanding bilateral defence relations during their meeting, and expressed satisfaction that military cooperation continued to be strong despite the Covid-19 pandemic. They also exchanged views on geopolitical developments and regional security issues, and agreed on the importance of the US' continued engagement in the region. Mr Austin, a retired four-star general, was on his introductory visit to Singapore from Monday to Wednesday, as part of the first trip to South-east Asia by a top member of US President Joe Biden's administration. Before arriving in Singapore, Mr Austin visited Vietnam and will go to the Philippines ... » Learn More about US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin meets Ng Eng Hen, reaffirms defence ties