The Republic of Singapore's military services, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), are responsible for protecting its national interests and defense. It is a military component of Ministry of Defence and one of the most technologically advanced militaries in Southeast Asia. The SAF has been involved with various operations both inside and outside Singapore's borders since 1965 when it was independent. This includes peacekeeping missions in India, Bangladesh, and disaster relief operations in Indonesia. The SAF has been more involved in counter-terrorism efforts, both at home and abroad, over the past few years. It consists of three branches, the Republic of Singapore Navy, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), and the Singapore Army.