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1 SIR turns 50


The SAF's Pioneer Infantry Battalion Turns 50

Former and serving members of the 1st Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment (1 SIR) attended a parade to commemorate the unit's 50th Anniversary on 9 July 2007 at Mandai Hill Camp.
They viewed the trooping of the unit's Regimental Colours and witnessed Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean place a commemorative book and video detailing the 50-year heritage and achievements of the unit in a time capsule. The capsule will be opened on 1 SIR's 75th Anniversary in the year 2032.
Formed on 12 March 1957 as a regular infantry battalion, 1 SIR was involved in protecting Singapore's internal security during the tumultuous period of the 1950s and the 60s.
Operations that the unit undertook before independence included enforcing curfews during the racial riots in Singapore in 1964, as well as patrolling areas of Sabah and Johor during the Confrontation between 1963 and 1964.
As a full-fledged active battalion with Full-time National Servicemen since 1969, 1 SIR has consistently done well in the SAF's annual Best Unit Competition, winning the highly coveted Best Combat Unit award twice, first in 1970 and more recently in 1998.
It has also won the Best Infantry Unit award seven times. This record testifies to the unit's consistently high standards of professionalism, operational readiness and camaraderie.
This historic event brought together former Commanding Officers, Regimental Sergeant Majors, regulars and National Servicemen of 1 SIR.
Significant among them were the SAF's first Chief of Defence Force, LG(Ret) Winston Choo and the former Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Gen Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali Datuk Mohd Seth, both former Commanding Officers of 1 SIR.
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Source: News Release 9 Jul 2007

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