Sense of team spirit: Naval officer defends Singapore with her work family in their ‘second home’

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Having to live, work and play together in the same space with her sailors, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Chua Eileen appreciates the tight-knit support of the Republic of Singapore Navy

Senior Lieutenant Colonel (SLTC) Chua Eileen is a woman who wears many hats in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

Over her 17-year career in the RSN, she has been a coach, a mentor, a human resource manager and a trainer, among other roles.

SLTC Chua has assumed various appointments in the RSN, such as the Navigation Officer and Communications Officer on the Victory-class Missile Corvettes, RSS Victory and RSS Vengeance, where she was involved in the operationalisation of the Scaneagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for use on the Corvettes.

SLTC Chua also previously assumed the position of Future Operations Planner in the multinational combined Task Force 151, responsible for counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. 

In this role, she worked with naval officers from all over the world, including commanders from Indonesia, Brunei and the United Kingdom, to ensure the most effective resource allocation for future anti-piracy operations.

She later served as Executive Officer on the Formidable-class Frigates, RSS Stalwart and RSS Formidable, where she was sent on multiple deployments across Asia and Oceania to further defence relations with Singapore’s partner navies.

There, SLTC Chua led and participated in collaborative drills in naval warfighting and maritime security operations, which also involved live-firing of missiles and other weapons systems.

She later went on to command her own Formidable-class Frigate, RSS Supreme, which took part in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2020 in Hawaii.

Under her command during RIMPAC, RSS Supreme successfully  participated in a ship-to-ship refuelling with the United States and Australian navies, and even conducted the live-firing of a surface-to-air missile at a high-speed, sea-skimming drone target.

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