Singapore taking part in Red Sea Operation, not involved in U.S. – led strikes against Houthis

Singapore has clarified its role in the Yemen conflict, asserting that it is not part of the U.S.-led strikes against Houthi rebels. However, Singapore has confirmed its participation by contributing personnel to a Red Sea operation aimed at securing the shipping vessels against security threats.

Amidst escalating tensions in the Middle East, the government of Singapore has clarified its role in the Yemen conflict, asserting that it is not part of the U.S.-led strikes against Houthi rebels. However, Singapore has confirmed its participation by contributing personnel to a Red Sea operation aimed at securing the shipping vessels against security threats.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Defence of Singapore stated that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) were not a part of the recent military strikes against the Houthis of Yemen. On Friday, the United States announced that it had conducted another strike on Yemen’s Houthi rebels after they were warned of additional strikes in the Red Sea.

According to the CNA, on Saturday, a spokesperson of Mindef notified that Singapore is contributing personnel to Operation Prosperity Guardian (OPG). This operation is an effort under the range of multinational Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 153: Red Sea Maritime Security.

On Tuesday, the Defence Minister, Ng Eng Hen told the Parliament that Singapore will participate in the operation by posting a team of planners to work with the international partners at their headquarters to formulate plans.

The defence minister also added that from the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Information Fusion Centre, Singapore will be sending a team as well as a senior national representative to the Combined Maritime Forces. This will be done to support information sharing and engagement across the commercial shipping community.

OPG mainly focuses on securing shipping vessels against possible security threats. It usually involves more than 20 countries. It maintains shipping security mainly through information sharing and maritime patrols. The Ministry of Defense (Mindef) also said, “OPG is unrelated to the military strikes against the Houthis.”

The clarification comes at a time when global attention is focused on the current complex geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East. The government of Singapore further emphasized its dedication to playing a constructive role in promoting regional stability and security.