121 Squadron, Republic of Singapore Air Force
|RSAF 121 Squadron|
|Role||Maritime Patrol and Utility Transport|
|Garrison/HQ||Changi Air Base|
|Motto(s)||"Seek and Destroy"|
|Equipment||Nine Fokker F50|
Brahminy kite: 1994-present
The 121 Squadron "Brahminy Kite" ("Gannet" before 1994) of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) currently operates the Fokker F-50 Utility Aircraft (UTA) and Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) based at Changi Airbase (West). The squadron goes by the motto of "Seek and Destroy" and the mascot is the brahminy kite.
Set up in 1973 with the commissioning of the SH 7 Skyvan into the service of SADC. In 1993, the squadron found a new chapter to their successful career when they began operating the Fokker F-50 MPA and UTL. With this move, the squadron's mascot was changed from the gannet to the brahminy kite, which is also reflected as the current centerpiece of the squadron's crest. As of September 2008, the Squadron has maintain an impressive safety record of over 124,000 accident-free flying hours, spanning a period of 35 years since the squadron's inception.
Roles and Missions
The primary role of the F-50's is to provide dedicated wide area maritime air surveillance for search and resource operations, aeromedical evacuations and the transportation of personnel. The 121Sqn is unique in the RSAF, it is the first RSAF squadron to be crewed by both RSAF and RSN personnels as the pilots are drawn from the RSAF while the equipment/system specialists are from the RSN. As such, the F-50 MPA is part of a MINDEF system that comprises both Republic of Singapore Air Force and Republic of Singapore Navy assets that are capable of operations in tandem for seeking out and destroying a naval surface or sub-surface target, they can be quickly re-armed with the Harpoon Anti-ship missiles or EuroTorp A244/S ASW torpedoes as and when they are required to.
The squadron covers a wide spectrum of operations round the clock. These include Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) efforts such as Operations Flying Eagle in the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami in December 2004, regular patrols of Singapore’s Sea Lines of Communication as well as participation in the Malacca Straits “Eyes-in-the-Sky” Joint Air Patrol with Indonesia and Malaysia.
- 8 SH 7 Skyvan 3M (1973–1993)
- 9 Fokker F-50 MPA/UTL (1993–present)
- "121 Squadron clocks 121,000 accident-free hours". cyberpioneer, MINDEF. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- "MINDEF COMMEMORATES 20 YEARS OF PRODUCTIVITY AND INNOVATION AT 2007 PRIDE EXHIBITION". MINDEF. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- "The SAF's Best Combat Units". MINDEF press release. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-10-24.