Tengah Air Base (TAB)
Tengah's motto, Always Vigilant, supports its main motif, a chess board Black Knight piece symbolic of the aircraft's operational readiness in Tengah.
The sword represents war's heraldic sword of destruction, while the state is depicted by the castle.
Constructed in 1932 by the British to give air cover to the naval base in Sembawang and commissioned RAF Tengah in 1939, the Air Base was constantly improved upon to prepare it for the increasingly sophisticated aircraft that was coming in. A stretch of the old Lim Chu Kang Road was once used as an alternate runway to Tengah Air Base by the British Royal Air Force, and is still used for the same purpose today by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
It was renamed Tengah Air Base in 1971 when it was handed over to the Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC). And from 1971 to 1976, under the Five Power Defence Arrangement, Tengah became home to the British, Australian and New Zealand forces.
Currently, Tengah houses the RSAF's F16 Fighting Falcons, E2C Hawkeyes early warning aircraft and A4SU Super Skyhawks. Tengah Air Base is home to air logistics, airfield maintenance, field defence and flying support squadrons. All these units are well-trained, professional and mission-ready to defend the nation.
The 111 Squadron was formed when the RSAF acquired four Grumman E2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft in 1987. Its primary function is to perform airborne surveillance and early warning. Other functions include Aircraft Intercept Control, Surface Surveillance, Search and Rescue and Air Traffic Control.
The unit is represented by the Jaeger, a vigilant and courageous hawk-like bird whose vigilance is aptly reflected in their motto Vigilance In Control.
Set up in 1970, the squadron's motto, Stand Firm In Defence, reflects the bird of prey they were named after. The Osprey symbolises strength, reliability, enviable powers of flight and control of the elements.
The F16s in 140 Squadron are primarily responsible for Air Defence, Fighter Sweep and Escort and Counter Air Operations/Strategic Interdiction/Maritime Air Operations. 140 Squadron achieved the award of Best Fighter Squadron for a record tenth time in 2007. It first clinched the title in 1985, again in 1987, and subsequently enjoyed a five-year consecutive run as the Best Fighter Squadron from 1991 to 1994, and again in 2002. This is an achievement unsurpassed by any other fighter squadron. 140 Squadron was established in February 1970 as Singapore's first Air Defence Fighter Squadron and received their first aircraft - two refurbished Hawker Hunters, in July 1970. The Hawker Hunters served faithfully for twenty years, after which they were replaced by the F-16A/Bs in 1990, marking a new era of air defence capability for the RSAF. Based at Tengah Air Base, 140 Squadron is now home to the F-16C/Ds, lightweight, multi-role fighters with all-weather, day and night capability. With an enhanced avionics suite and modern weapon systems, the F-16C/D remains a highly capable platform that adds to the SAF's ability to deter and respond decisively to threats to Singapore.
142 Squadron was active in 2004, but by 2010 had been inactivated. The squadron, which operated the A-4SU Super Skyhawk, is tasked to perform air-to-surface missions, to engage targets on land or sea, in defence of Singapore. The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) A4-SU Super Skyhawks flew their way to the Best Fighter Squadron award in 2001. For 142 Squadron (142 Sqn, or the Gryphons), winning the award involved hard work, and the squadron began preparing for the competition even before the judging period started last year. "The squadron's men are fully committed to their duties and work," said MAJ (now LTC) Sim Kim Yong, 142 Sqn's Commanding Officer. "We regularly reviewed our past mistakes, and hopefully these will never be repeated." They were assessed on areas such as mission readiness, safety management, logistics support and administrative efficiency. It did not hurt that 142 Sqn also emerged tops at the RSAF's 'Hot Shot' competition - an air-to-ground firing competition - in 2000.
Set up in early 1975 at Changi Air Base, 143 Squadron flew the Skyhawk. It relocated to Tengah Air Base later that year and was the first to operate the modified Super Skyhawk in the late 1980's. The Squadron now flies the single-seat C and double-seat D models of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The Squadron was named after the Phoenix, a mystical bird, that after living for five to six centuries in the Arabian dessert, burnt itself on a funeral pyre and was able to rise from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.
Its motto We Dare is deemed to be most appropriate as it identifies the personnel of the Squadron with daring courage and resilence of the Phoenix.
The Squadron motif depicts a valiant hornet in an attack posture to deter potential aggressors. The yellow and black stripes represent speed and agility. Its blazed-green eyes and forward arching sting epitomises its readiness to strike in swift response to defend its nest, at day or night. Established on 1st Apr 1984 at Tengah Air Base, the Squadron first started flying the A4 Skyhawks. In 1992, 145 Squadron was the first squadron to fly the indigenously developed A4-SUs. It has since undertaken a wide spectrum of roles that focuses on RSAF operational requirements and converting new pilots from Flying Training School to operational fighter pilots. The professionalism and operational readiness of the crew in 145 Squadron were exemplified through the achievement of numerous awards which includes the coveted Best Fighter Squadron in 1998 and 2000, and RSAF Hot Shot Competitions. After nearly 2 decades, the Squadron ended its A4-SU operations on 30 Apr 03 to prepare for relocation and operation of the new F16D Block 52+ in Changi Air Base.
Air Logistics Squadron (ALS)
The Air Logistics Squadron services, maintains and repairs on-ground systems required for air operations.
Tengah's ALS motif consists of a woodpecker pecking the worms out of a tree. Like the woodpecker, the ALS detects the 'worms' and ferrets them out. The squadron's motto is Strive to Resolve.
Airfield Maintenance Squadron (AMS)
Tengah's AMS is the RSAF's first and is represented by the roman character 'I' at the bottom of the runway design. It aims to be a mission-ready unit that provides quality maintenance and damage repair service, hence its motto Strive to Maintain.
Field Defence Squadron (FDS)
The Field Defence Squadron ensures the security of the air base through regular perimeter patrols and controlling personnel movement within the base. Through regular training, the Field Defence Squadron is well-prepared for its air base ground defence role during operations.
Tengah's FDS motif is a bayonet and red shield with a pair of blue wings. The shield signifies its primary role - defence and security of the base, whilst the bayonet expresses its ground defence role, both reflected in the unit's motto, Alert and Steadfast.
Flying Support Squadron (FSS)
The Flying Support Squadron ensures the smooth flow of aircraft traffic in and out of the base by controlling the base's airspace and aircraft. The FSS is responsible for the safety and success of all air missions.
Tengah's FSS motif - an eagle perched above a pyramid - symbolises the FSS' role in supporting RSAF flying operations out of Tengah. The unit's motto is Excellence and Beyond.
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