Visit by Rear-Admiral Anne Cullerre in Singapore - 16 to 18 March
Rear-Admiral Anne Cullerre, senior commander of Armed Forces in French Polynesia and commander of French maritime forces in the Pacific, visited Singapore from 16 to 18 March. Organised around the theme of maritime surveillance and security, this visit enabled the Admiral to meet, especially, with Rear-Admiral Jackson Chia, commander of naval operations and with Colonel Lee Kien Tian, deputy commander of the Maritime Security Task Force.
These two meetings presented the opportunity to reaffirm the cooperation between Singapore and France as well as the views on development in the field of meritime security. Heavily invested, France plays and active role in the region. It relies heavily on the Information Fusion Centre (IFC), a regional centre for collating and sharing maritime information to which a French liaison officer has been assigned since its creation in April 2009. Admiral Culler was also able to meet with Rear-Admiral Cindy Thebaud, Commander of the American Task Force n°73 based in Sembawang.
Lastly, the presence of the Admiral in Singapore presented the opportunity for the Ambassador of France to Singapore, His Excellency Benjamin Dubertret, to welcome guests of the maritime industry at the Residence. During the reception, Lieutenant-colonel Nicholas LIM, officer of the Singapore Navy in charge of the IFC, was conferred the silver medal of national defence by the Admiral. Presented in the name of the Minister for Defence, this medal recognises his commitment and actions to improve maritime security in the region.
Rear-Admiral Cullerre also gave a lecture at RSIS (S. Rajaratnam School for International Studies) on the French military presence in the Asia-Pacific region and answered questions from the public.