Fearless-class sans 76mm

A recent interview with a Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) pioneer had a magnificent backdrop of the Fearless-class patrol vessels. Of interest would be the three decommissioned vessels, Sovereignty, Justice and Independence with its OTO Melara 76mm A-gun removed (see below). It was said that they are re-used for the Littoral Misson Vessel (LMV), but that…

A Careless Sticker

Seen parked at the NDP mobile column, the VAMTAC VSD ‘jeeps’ bears an interesting detail, a red sticker in traditional Chinese, saying right hand drive. What it means is for anyone to imagine 😉

Spotter’s Guide: NDP 2019 Mobile Column

Thanks to the bicentennial year of Singapore’s founding, and the 50th anniversary of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) armour formation, National Day Parade  (NDP) this year is held at the Padang and my favourite mobile column is brought forward a year. This year’s mobile column features 171 vehicles, stringing as far out as 1.3km. Below…

Making a Mark for NDP 19

The National Day Parade (NDP) 2019 was marketed as a celebration of Singapore’s bicentennial and with that some notable guests including Malaysia PM Dr Mahathir will be attending. From a defence perspective, we all know that there will be a fly-past and a mobile column, but this year’s mobile column will be a significant one.…

Lion City Lightning (excerpt)

Lightning For the Lion City Full article can be found on March 2019 edition of AIR International On January 18, Singapore Ministry of Defence (Mindef) announced that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was identified as the ‘most suitable replacement’ for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16C/D/D+ Block 52…

Oiling our processes

There is a certain major landmark in Singapore (let’s call it Landmark S) that has a particular attraction that spews lights and lasers out into the night sky. Concerned that it might pose an aeronautical safety hazard, it worked closely with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to have in place a system and…

RSAF50: Five of 50

Five of Fifty In November 2008, I signed on the dotted line and became a full time regular of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The years in the RSAF has broadened my perspectives on defence, particularly on our own Air Force, which has been helpful in my current job as a defence journalist.…