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    Jul 01, 2016

    New SAF unit to boost S'pore's counter-terror response

    THE Army Deployment Force (ADF), a unit that will respond rapidly to terrorist threats and attacks, will be set up by the Singapore Armed Forces this month.

    The unit, which will be officially formed on July 12, can also be activated to assist with civil emergencies, overseas humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, and peace support operations.

    At a media interview ahead of SAF Day, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday emphasised that the unit will be in a "high readiness state".

    "The basic task for the ADF is the rapid-response element because speed is important in counter-terrorism.

    "It's really not quite like conventional missions where you have time... This you have to respond in minutes."

    The unit will be a battalion-sized force comprising highly trained soldiers with niche capabilities, he added.

    Dr Ng said in a case where there are multiple terrorist attacks in Singapore, the army's Special Operations Task Force will respond but the ADF will also be activated to support it and the Home Team.