The strategic island of Singapore will continue to be the biggest defence base for Britain in the far east, though the island is to become self governing in a few months.
The strategic island of Singapore will continue to be the biggest defence base for Britain in the far east, though the island is to become self governing in a few months. Britain will be responsible for defence and external affairs of the small island state.
One of the recent visitors to the island's defence forces was Air Chief of Staff and Marshal of Royal Air Force Sir Dermot Boyle. The fifty-three year old RAF chief flew into the colony piloting his own Canberra aircraft on a 20,000 miles tour of Royal Air Forces installations.
At the Tengah airport, one of the three military airports of the island, Sir Dermot took a fatherly interest in the life of the airmen. He talked to more than a dozen of them, asked them questions on how they like the food, which floor of the quarters they like to sleep in - questions the airmen did not expect to come from the Big Chief.
He insisted on seeing things personally, and had a look around the men and the dormitory. It was three years since Sir Dermot last visited Singapore and he was able to obtain first-hand impressions of improvements made in recent years.
During his four-day flying visit to Singapore, Sir Dermot managed to visit all the Air Force installations and make his knowledge of this area up to date before going over to Malaya in the north and then to Colombo, Kenya and other territories in Africa and middle east before returning to London.