Singapore Armed Forces Best Unit Competition

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The Singapore Armed Forces Best Unit Competition is an annual competition which confers awards of recognition to the most outstanding units of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in combat readiness, operational proficiency and administrative excellence. Besides encouraging the above, the award also seeks to promote esprit-de-corps and camaraderie among participating Army, Air Force and Navy units through friendly competition.

The assessment factors of the competition are:

  • Combat Proficiency Test
  • Marksmanship Test
  • Individual Physical Proficiency Test
  • Standard Obstacle Course
  • Unarmed Combat
  • Security
  • Manpower Matters
  • Logistics Readiness Inspection
  • Vehicle State
  • Training Safety

The competition was started for active SAF units in 1969, before being extended to the reservist units (now known as NS units) in 1993. These units are conferred their awards at the annual Singapore Armed Forces Day parade.

The types of units that participate include:

  • Singapore Infantry Regiment (SIR)
  • Singapore Combat Engineers (SCE)
  • Ordnance Supply Base (OSB), the Kranji base[1]

(See also Camps and bases of the Singapore Armed Forces for acronyms used.)

Past active unit winners[edit]

Active Army units[edit]

The 1st Commando Battalion has won the Best Combat Unit for an unprecedented 28 times since the award was launched in 1969, and for 12 consecutive years since 2004.

Year Best Army Units
Combat Combat Support Infantry/Guards Armour Artillery Engineers Signals Combat Service Support[2]
1969 1 SIR Not contested Not contested Not contested Not contested Not contested Not contested Not contested
1970
1971 3 SIR
1972 4 SIR GEB
1973 2 SIR 1 SIB
1974 1 CDO BN 1 SIB
1975 30 SCE
1976 30 SCE
1977 36 SCE 1 SIR 41 SAR 24 SA 36 SCE
1978 41 SAR 1 SIG BN 4 SIR 41 SAR 24 SA 35 SCE 1 SIG BN
1979 42 SAR SAFPU 6 SIR 42 SAR 160 BN 38 SCE 2 SIG BN
1980 7 SIR SAFPU 7 SIR 41 SAR 160 BN 38 SCE 1 SIG BN
1981 3 GDS 2 SIG BN 3 GDS 46 SAR 22 SA 38 SCE 2 SIG BN
1982 42 SAR SAFPU 3 GDS 42 SAR 23 SA 38 SCE 2 SIG BN GSMB
1983 3 GDS 2 SIG BN 3 GDS 46 SAR 25 SA 35 SCE 2 SIG BN OSB
1984 41 SAR 40 SAR 3 GDS 40 SAR 22 SA 35 SCE 1 SIG BN OSB
1985 1 CDO BN 40 SAR 1 CDO BN 41 SAR 22 SA 35 SCE 1 SIG BN OSB
1986 5 SIR 40 SAR 5 SIR 40 SAR 23 SA 36 SCE 1 SIG BN 1 TPT BN
1987 1 CDO BN SAFPU 6 SIR 40 SAR 24 SA 36 SCE - OSB
1988 20 SA 5 SIR 40 SAR 20 SA 35 SCE - OSB
1989 20 SA 2 SIR 41 SAR 20 SA 36 SCE - OSB
1990 24 SA 5 SIR 41 SAR 24 SA 36 SCE - 6 DSMB
1991 3 GDS 24 SA 3 GDS 46 SAR 24 SA 35 SCE - GSMB
1992 1 CDO BN 22 SA 1 GDS 42 SAR 22 SA 36 SCE - GSMB
1993 23 SA 5 SIR 42 SAR 23 SA 36 SCE - GSMB
1994 20 SA 5 SIR 40 SAR 20 SA 36 SCE 3 SIG BN 1 TPT BN
1995 22 SA 3 GDS 42 SAR 22 SA 36 SCE 1 SIG BN 1 TPT BN
1996 36 SCE 1 GDS 42 SAR 23 SA 36 SCE 1 SIG BN 1 SAF TPT BN
1997 3 SIR 36 SCE 3 SIR 40 SAR 21 SA 36 SCE 2 SIG BN 9 DSMB
1998 1 SIR 36 SCE 1 SIR 40 SAR 21 SA 36 SCE 1 SIG BN 9 DSMB
1999 1 CDO BN 21 SA 1 SIR 40 SAR 21 SA 36 SCE 2 SIG BN 1 TPT BN
2000 20 SA 3 GDS 40 SAR 20 SA 36 SCE 2 SIG BN 3 DSMB
2001 2 SIG BN 3 GDS 40 SAR 24 SA 35 SCE 2 SIG BN 9 DSMB
2002 40 SAR 20 SA 1 SIR 40 SAR 20 SA 36 SCE 2 SIG BN 3 TPT BN
2003 1 GDS 3 SIG BN 1 GDS 46 SAR 24 SA 36 SCE 3 SIG BN GSMB
2004 1 CDO BN 3 TPT BN 3 SIR 46 SAR 24 SA 36 SCE 3 SIG BN 3 TPT BN
2005 23 SA 1 SIR 41 SAR 23 SA 35 SCE 3 SIG BN 3 TPT BN
2006 3 SIG BN 5 SIR 46 SAR 23 SA 36 SCE 3 SIG BN GSMB
2007 3 SIG BN 2 SIR 40 SAR 24 SA 36 SCE 3 SIG BN 1 AMB
2008 24 SA 3 GDS 40 SAR 24 SA 30 SCE 2 SIG BN 3 TPT BN
2009 39 SCE 3 SIR 42 SAR 23 SA 39 SCE 3 SIG BN 3 TPT BN
2010 39 SCE 3 GDS 42 SAR 21 SA 39 SCE 1 SIG BN 3 TPT BN
2011 24 SA 3 SIR 48 SAR 24 SA 39 SCE 1 SIG BN 3 TPT BN
2012 11 C4I 3 SIR 48 SAR 24 SA 35 SCE 11 C4I 6 AMB
2013 1 SIG BN 4 SIR 40 SAR 24 SA 35 SCE 1 SIG BN 6 AMB
2014 1 SIG BN 4 SIR 40 SAR 24 SA 38 SCE 1 SIG BN 6 AMB
2015 38 SCE 1 GDS 48 SAR 24 SA 38 SCE 1 SIG BN 6 AMB
Year Combat Combat Support Infantry/Guards Armour Artillery Engineers Signals Combat Service Support[2]

Retired award[edit]

Year Best Army Units
Minor (1974-1976)
1974 OMB
1975 SAFPU
1976 36 SCE


Active Navy units[edit]

Two new awards in maritime security and in naval engineering and logistics were introduced in 2015.

RSS Intrepid (Formidable-class frigate), winner of Best Ship Award in 2013
RSS Victory
Year Best Navy Units
Fleet[3] Maritime Security Naval Engineering & Logistics
1981 RSS Independence (Fast patrol craft) Not contested Not contested
1982 RSS Sea Scorpion (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1983 RSS Justice (Fast patrol craft)
1984 RSS Dauntless (Fast patrol craft)
1985 RSS Persistence (County-class LST)
1986 RSS Swift Archer (Coastal patrol craft)
1987 RSS Sea Scorpion (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1988 RSS Sea Hawk (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1989 RSS Sea Wolf (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1990 RSS Sea Dragon (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1991 RSS Sea Scorpion (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1992 RSS Vigilance (Victory-class corvette)
1993 RSS Valiant (Victory-class corvette)
1994 RSS Sea Hawk (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1995 RSS Victory (Victory-class corvette)
1996
1997 RSS Sea Dragon (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1998 RSS Sea Lion (Sea Wolf-class gunboat)
1999 RSS Victory (Victory-class corvette)
2000
2001 RSS Vigour (Victory-class corvette)
2002
2003 RSS Vigilance (Victory-class corvette)
2004 RSS Vengeance (Victory-class corvette)
2005 RSS Resolution (Endurance-class Landing Ship Tank)
2006 RSS Vengeance (Victory-class corvette)
2007
2008 RSS Formidable (Formidable-class frigate)
2009 RSS Victory (Victory-class corvette)
2010 RSS Stalwart (Formidable-class frigate)
2011 RSS Chieftain (Challenger-class submarine)
2012 RSS Valiant (Victory-class corvette)
2013 RSS Intrepid (Formidable-class frigate)
2014 RSS Formidable (Formidable-class frigate)
2015 RSS Tenacious RSS Resilience Systems Readiness Engineering Centre (Weapons)
Year Fleet[3] Maritime Security Naval Engineering & Logistics

Active Air Force units[edit]

The Best Helicopter Squadron award was introduced in 2010 to recognise the contributions of the RSAF helicopter squadrons. In 2014, two new awards in Control and Air Engineering were introduced. A new award in air logistics was introduced in 2015.

Year Best Air Force Units
Fighter Squadron Helicopter Squadron Ground Based Air Defence[4] Air Combat Support[5] Control Squadron Air Engineering Air Logistics
1985 145 SQN (A-4S Skyhawk) Not contested 165 SADA Not contested Not contested Not contested Not contested
1986 140 SQN (Hawker Hunter) 165 SADA
1987 149 SQN (F-5E/F Tiger II) 165 SADA
1988 149 SQN (F-5E/F Tiger II) 160 SADA
1989 143 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 160 SADA 120 SQN (UH-1H)
1990 143 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 165 SADA 122 SQN (C-130 Hercules)
1991 140 SQN (F-16A/B Fighting Falcon) 160 SADA 111 SQN (E-2C Hawkeye)
1992 140 SQN (F-16A/B Fighting Falcon) 165 SADA 120 SQN (UH-1H)
1993 140 SQN (F-16A/B Fighting Falcon) 160 SADA 125 SQN (Super Puma)
1994 140 SQN (F-16A/B Fighting Falcon) 160 SADA 126 SQN (Cougar)
1995 144 SQN (F-5S/T Tiger II) 160 SQN 120 SQN (UH-1H)
1996 140 SQN (F-16A/B Fighting Falcon) 3 DA BN 120 SQN (UH-1H)
1997 145 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 165 SQN 121 SQN (Fokker F-50 MPA/UTL)
1998 145 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 165 SQN 122 SQN (C-130 Hercules)
1999 140 SQN (F-16A/B Fighting Falcon) 160 SQN 125 SQN (Super Puma)
2000 145 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 163 SQN 120 SQN (UH-1H)
2001 142 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 163 SQN 111 SQN (E-2C Hawkeye)
2002 149 SQN (F-5S/T Tiger II) 3 DA BN 121 SQN (Fokker F-50 MPA/UTL)
2003 140 SQN (F-16C/D Fighting Falcon) 18 DA BN 121 SQN (Fokker F-50 MPA/UTL)
2004 149 SQN (F-5S/T Tiger II) 160 SQN 120 SQN (UH-1H)
2005 144 SQN (F-5S/T Tiger II) 160 SQN 122 SQN (C-130 Hercules)
2006 140 SQN (F-16C/D Fighting Falcon) 160 SQN 112 SQN (KC-135 Stratotanker)
2007 140 SQN (F-16C/D Fighting Falcon) 3 DA BN 127 SQN (CH-47SD Chinook)
2008 149 SQN (F-5S/T Tiger II) 3 DA BN 121 SQN (Fokker F-50 MPA/UTL)
2009 144 SQN (F-5S/T Tiger II) 3 DA BN 112 SQN (KC-135 Stratotanker)
2010 140 SQN (F-16C/D Fighting Falcon) 127 SQN (CH-47SD Chinook) 3 DA BN 121 SQN (Fokker F-50 MPA/UTL)
2011 149 SQN 120 SQN 165 SQN 121 SQN
2012 145 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 126 SQN 163 SQN 111 SQN
2013 149 SQN (F-15SG Strike Eagle) 126 SQN 163 SQN 116 SQN
2014 145 SQN (A-4SU Super Skyhawk) 125 SQN 163 SQN 122 SQN 203 SQN 807 SQN
2015 144 SQN (F-5S/T Tiger II) 126 SQN 163 SQN 112 SQN 206 SQN 807 SQN Air Force Supply Centre
Year Fighter Squadron Helicopter Squadron Ground Based Air Defence[4] Air Combat Support[5] Control Air Engineering Air Logistics

Past National Service unit winners[edit]

NS army units[edit]

Year Best NS Army Units
Infantry / Guards Armour Artillery Combat engineers Signals Combat Service Support
1994 67 GDS / 88 GDS / 187 SIR 422 SAR 211 SA 307 SCE 6 SIG BN 9 DS MED BN
1995 514 SIR / 543 SIR / 70 GDS / 91 GDS 432 SAR 204 SA 307 SCE 8 SIG BN 9 DS MED BN
1996 184 SIR / 188 SIR / 504 SIR / 514 SIR / 543 SIR / 70 GDS 423 SAR 265 SA 307 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
1997 83 SIR / 188 SIR / 525 SIR / 541 SIR / 70 GDS / 550 GDS 423 SAR 204 SA 321 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN9
1998 184 SIR / 514 SIR / 525 SIR / 542 SIR / 531 GDS / 549 GDS 416 SAR 204 SA 308 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
1999 185 SIR / 187 SIR / 523 SIR / 573 SIR / 531 GDS / 548 GDS 425 SAR 211 SA 322 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
2000 85 SIR / 187 SIR / 524 SIR / 573 SIR / 595 SIR / 548 GDS 466 SAR 211 SA 323 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
2001 516 SIR / 542 SIR / 557 SIR / 602 SIR / 86 GDS / 90 GDS 466 SAR 274 SA 326 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
2002 652 SIR / 621 SIR / 596 SIR / 550 GDS / 86 GDS / 524 SIR 466 SAR 254 SA 324 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
2003 652 SIR / 652 SIR / 595 SIR / 550 GDS / 90 GDS / 548 GDS 466 SAR 271 SA 327 SCE 9 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
2004 652 SIR / 657 SIR / 596 SIR / 543 SIR / 566 SIR / 583 GDS 424 SAR 278 SA 328 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
2005 588 SIR / 596 SIR / 657 SIR / 682 SIR / 550 GDS 466 SAR 275 SA 324 SCE 6 SIG BN 9 DS MED BN
2006 626 SIR / 657 SIR / 596 SIR / 581 SIR / 609 SIR 442 SAR 278 SA 324 SCE 6 SIG BN 6 DS MED BN
2007 652 SIR / 622 SIR / 596 SIR / 609 SIR / 566 SIR 466 SAR 256 SA 328 SCE 6 SIG BN 31 FCCS BN
2008 652 SIR / 622 SIR / 596 SIR / 634 GDS / 663 SIR 442 SAR 280 SA 327 SCE 6 SIG BN 31 FCSS BN
2009 652 SIR / 622 SIR / 696 SIR / 685 GDS / 628 SIR 442 SAR 282 SA 329 SCE 6 SIG BN 31 FCSS BN
2010 588 SIR / 700 SIR / 720 SIR / 685 GDS / 663 SIR 442 SAR 280 SA 329 SCE 9 SIG BN 31 FCSS BN
2011 688 SIR / 700 SIR / 720 SIR / 724 GDS / 693 SIR 453 SAR 282 SA 329 SCE 9 SIG BN 31 FCSS BN
2012 778 SIR / 700 SIR / 803 SIR / 745 GDS / 747 GDS 452 SAR 282 SA 329 SCE 6 SIG BN 31 FCCS BN
2013 688 SIR / 755 SIR / 720 SIR / 745 GDS / 747 GDS 430 SAR 287 SA 321 SCE 6 SIG BN 3 CSH
2014 688 SIR / 755 SIR / 787 SIR / 734 GDS / 611 GDS 483 SAR 289 SA 324 SCE 6 SIG BN 32 CSS BN
2015 688 SIR / 700 SIR / 787 SIR / 740 GDS / 611 GDS 485 SAR 289 SA 321 SCE 9 SIG BN 8 CSH

Retired award[edit]

Year Best NS Army Units
People's Defence Force Command
1994 73 SIR / 184 SIR
1995 63 SIR / 504 SIR

NS Navy units[edit]

A new Best NS Naval unit award was introduced from 2015.

Year Best NS Navy Units
Naval
2015 RSS Vigilance (Victory-class missile corvette)

Controversies[edit]

In 2009, three regulars from the 24th Battalion Singapore Artillery were convicted of falsifying their unit's test scores. Soldiers' results for the standard obstacle were doctored. As a result, the unit was disqualified that year and the trio were convicted and fined by the General Court Martial.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ An example of past Ordnance Supply Base
  2. ^ a b Known as "Best Logistics" before 2006.
  3. ^ a b Known as Best Ship before 2015.
  4. ^ a b Known as "Best Air Defence Artillery" before 2010.
  5. ^ a b Known as "Best Tactical Support Squadron" before 2010.
  6. ^ Chow, Jermyn (Dec 16, 2009). "Three altered scores for best unit contest". The Straits Times. 

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