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Visiting RSS Intrepid – Navy@Vivo

RSS Intrepid, a frigate from The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) sailed into Vivo City Promenade from 15th March to 17th March 2013, giving the public a chance to visit and explore the frigate RSS Intrepid, understanding more about her history, operations and contributions to the defence of Singapore and helping out in an international role as she was recently being deployed for counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, flying the Singapore flag high and proud by playing an important role during her tour in the Gulf of Aden.

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Along with my friends from the social media, we went aboard RSS Intrepid, hosted by experienced RSN personnel along with Mindef Public Affairs personnel, of a tour of RSS Intrepid. This was a mini Open House, a glimpse of the Republic of Singapore Navy modern naval ships and their capabilities. Our great friendly RSN hosts shared with us their stories during their recent counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, what they do and how the crew lives during that period. It was an eye-opener to hear first hand stories from the men and women themselves that served in the Gulf of Aden, the men and women of RSS Intrepid were our international ambassadors during that time!

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We were brought to a tour of the frigate RSS Intrepid, exploring various segments of the frigate –

  • Hangar
  • Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) Deck
  • Bridge
  • Torp Store
  • Accommodation spaces for the crew
  • Wardroom
  • Combat Information Centre (CIC)
  • Dining room

Due to time and crowd constraints, there were many many enthusiastic members of the public, from the young kids to adults, wanting a piece of the action to take many many photographs and explore the RSS Intrepid. Therefore, we missed out some of the segments such as accommodation spaces and dining room. Nevertheless, we had a good time walking and exploring around, the steep ladders around the various segments of the RSS Intrepid made it fun and challenging for us to be careful when climbing up and down the flight of steps, ensuring we don’t knock our heads!

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At each location, our friendly and experienced RSN hosts shared with us many different stories, what they do, the equipment used and the technology that they used during the frigate operations. Being an NS man (in the Army/Infantry), we would be interested to know what our fellow counterparts in the Navy does, their equipment, weapons, how they live, how they operate and what they do. We all had a better understanding of how modern technology has helped and improved the fighting and defence capabilities of the Republic of Singapore Navy. The RSS Intrepid belongs to the Formidable-Class Frigates and you can find out more information about them here on the Republic of Singapore Navy website!

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During the Navy@Vivo open house, there is an important event that I was really looking forward to, the Naval Ceremonial Sunset onboard RSS Intrepid at 1915hrs. This is a naval tradition maintained by navies throughout the world. In their proud and formal military uniforms, at this moment in time, they were preparing for the lowering of the ship ensign, the harbour ensign and the jack at 1915hrs daily, accompanied by the bugle, a brass instrument. The beautiful Singapore sunset and blue evening skyline on the 15th March accompanies the naval ceremonial sunset on RSS Intrepid, witnessed by the public on board visiting RSS Intrepid and the general public around the Vivo City vicinity.

Navy@Vivo is a prelude to the Navy Open House coming soon in the month of May 2013, do keep a lookout for more information via the Navy Open House Facebook Page! Here’s some of my photographs taken during Navy Open House 2010 and my Navy Open House 2010 write up here! I am looking forward to Navy Open House 2013 and it would be my third time to Navy Open House! Stay tuned and keep a look out for Navy Open House 2013 !

I would like to thank Mindef Public Affairs for this exciting visit and the crew of RSS Intrepid for hosting and bringing us around!


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Total Defence Day 2013

This day, the 15th February is an important and significant day in Singapore’s history. In the year 1942, on the 15th February, Singapore fell to Japanese control when the British forces led by General Percival surrendered at 1820hrs to the Japanese Army. Every 15th February marks Total Defence Day, it also marks the anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  Total Defence is for everybody to play a part no matter how big or small, in everyday aspects of our life from all walks of the society, to make our country Singapore, more resilient.

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15th February 2013 marks the 71st Anniversary of the surrender of Singapore during World War II.  The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) organised commemoration events in conjunction with Total Defence Day. I was invited by MINDEF Public Affairs to a private military event a Weapons Presentation Ceremony for the new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards at War Memorial Park, which was part of 2013 Total Defence Day events.

The Weapons Presentation Ceremony is a special and unique event for the recruits during Basic Military Training when they made the symbolic first step from recruits into soldiers. This kind of ceremony is usually private and held in SAF camps or a place of historical significance. Being a former soldier that served my National Service, I went through the Weapons Presentation Ceremony before, in my camp. It was an important event and significant for the recruits that were presented with the weapons to defend our country Singapore.

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War Memorial Park is an ideal location for the Weapons Presentation Ceremony, it was constructed to remember all the civilian lives lost during World War II. The 61 meters tall monument, consisting of four columns, representing the four races in Singapore, joined at the base, signifying the unity of all the races. The new recruits of 1st Battalion, Singapore Guards; that were presented with their weapons at the War Memorial Park, would deeply remember their role, purpose, significance and importance of their roles in defending Singapore as a soldier of the Singapore Armed Forces. The Total Defence Day event on 15th February 2013, started with the placement of wreath by ceremonial military police, followed by the Last Post (Bugle Call) and the Observation of 1-minute of silence. It was a sombre moment with the Last Post being sounded and the moment of silence, reminding us of the fallen civilians during World War II. At 1820hrs, the weapons were presented to the recruits of 1st Battalion Singapore Guards, the approximate time when General Percival of the British forces signed the surrender agreement of Singapore in 1942.

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The weapons presentation was also attended and observed by family members of the recruits of the 1st Battalion Singapore Guards. Watching the weapons presentation ceremony from the sidelines, this brought back my National Service memories when I also went through the ceremony. After the weapons were all presented to the recruits, it was followed by the Recitation of the Weapon Pledge, the Recitation of the SAF Pledge and lastly the National Anthem of Singapore.

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While this marked the end of the ceremony and Total Defence Day 2013, their importance and significance must never be forgotten. Lest We Forget Total Defence Day. I would like to say a big Thank You to MINDEF Public Affairs for this special invitation to attend and observe this special ceremony.

Something Happened at Robinson Road !! (It’s Ah BOYS to MEN in Action lah!)

Robinson Road, located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District between Tanjong Pagar and Raffles Place, two key financial hubs of Singapore. An area and long road that that is crucial to the prosperity and growth of Singapore, was suddenly into a war zone, under attack by enemy forces. Debris, damages and casualties were all around, smoke and fire can be seen around the Robinson Road war zone. The Singapore Armed Forces were swift and decisive in reaching the Robinson Road war zone, preparing to take down the enemy forces and reclaim back our land, properties, saving the nation and her citizens. There was a loud explosion, a car was blown up and burst into flames!

Hang on … This is not a real war scene and Singapore is not at war.

Robinson Road is still very busy and crowded during the weekdays, the financial hubs are still running strong and great! This was the scene of the upcoming movie, directed by Jack Neo and his company JTeam Productions, titled “Ah BOYS to MEN” 《新兵正传》. In conjunction with NS45, the 45th year of National Service in Singapore, Director Jack Neo decided to do something for National Service in Singapore, what is it all about and how it relates to Singaporeans, their parents, siblings, friends and society and understanding the influence of National Service in Singapore. Do check out Jack Neo’s Ah BOYS to MEN introduction video here below –

I was invited by MINDEF Public Relations and JTeam Productions, along with a group of blogger friends, to visit their movie shooting/production site at Robinson Road. It was an honour to be given the opportunity and be invited inside the movie setup and have an up close and personal feel of the filming action as well as behind the scenes filming and shooting. Needless to say, it was a real eye-opener to see Robinson Road closed to the public for this filming and how it was transformed into a war zone!

When the filming took a break in between filming different segments, the group of us went down into the “war zone” and started photographing the layout and landscape of the filming setup. We were also honoured by the opportunity given to speak to the Director himself, Jack Neo, who shared with us about this film, the progress and what would be happening next. We took a group photo and Jack Neo got us to shout “Steady Lah!” with the hand swinging action in the middle of Robinson Road with the “war zone” setup!

Photo Courtesy of MINDEF Public Affairs

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) were very supportive of Jack Neo Ah BOYS to MEN movie production. Check out the e-news on CyberPioneer – Growing Up from “Ah Boys” to Men. This upcoming local movie Ah BOYS to MEN will be shown in two parts, the first part is in November 2012 and the second part will be released during Chinese New Year 2013. Meanwhile, stay tuned and follow them closely for more updates here –

Facebook Page – Ah BOYS to MEN

YouTube – Ah BOYS to MEN

Here’s where I uploaded my Ah BOYS to MEN movie shoot/production site visit at Robinson Road on Flickr! A preview of what’s in store and coming in the final production that is coming to a cinema near you in November 2012 and Chinese New Year 2013! Being a huge fan of Director Jack Neo, from his suite of local movies that he directed, I believe that it will be a movie that the true blue heartlander in us Singaporeans (and also being an NSman) can relate and connect to easily! I am looking forward to the release of Ah BOYS to MEN in the cinemas!

Do check out my fellow bloggers friends posts/stories of their visit and experiences !

Joe Teh of Techie Lobang

James Soh of Living in Singapore Today

Hong Peng of Hpility

Andy Lee of Sengkangbabies

David Boey of Senang Diri

Darryl Kang of DKSG

Last but not least, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to MINDEF Public Affairs, Director Jack Neo and JTeam Productions for the special invitation to the filming of Ah BOYS to MEN at Robinson Road!


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