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Strong maritime force needed to protect Singapore's sovereignty and trade: PM Lee

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Singapore needs a strong maritime force as an island country that depends on trade as its lifeblood, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long said as the Singapore Navy marked its 50th birthday on Friday. Source :MY

[SINGAPORE] Singapore needs a strong maritime force as an island country that depends on trade as its lifeblood, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long said as the Singapore Navy marked its 50th birthday on Friday.

"And because we traded with the world, and the sea was - and still is - our lifeline. We needed a strong maritime force to protect our sovereignty, defend us from seaborne threats, and keep trade - our lifeblood - flowing," he said, after he was welcomed by a guard of honour formed by naval officers decked out in all-white uniforms at Changi Naval Base.

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