A PublicAtion of the RePublic of SingAPoRe nAvyhttp://www.mindef.gov.sg/navy                                ISSUE 01 2007 ...
A Word from CNV                                                         BESIDES transformational capabilities and         ...
EX Pelican 28/06, a bilateral exercise betweenthe Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and Republicof Singapore Navy (RSN), was conduct...
‘GUNBOAT                                                                    DIPLOMACY’                                    ...
instructions that were given to us. We coped by listening          commendation from both the crew and Captain onboard the...
Let’s Talk Terrorism 2007                  base Security Seminar                                                          ...
levels, from the NSF who raises posting directives, to                                                                  th...
Friendly Doorstep Service                                                          with Pers Hub!                         ...
She adds: “Besides providing quick and relevant answers                                                               to t...
THEIR office space may not revolve around or be onboard a     ship anymore, but these men just keep coming back for more  ...
56th Midshipman course withSword of Honour MID Tan Shing EeHARD work, good time management and a positive                 ...
who were colonies, were seeking independence                                                                              ...
CDF Visits        Tuas Naval Base        CHIEF of Defence Force LG Ng Yat Chung visited the standby units of Tuas Naval   ...
wisley, Chef                 whets sailors’                                                                              H...
1WO Toh (centre)  receiving his prize    Navy Instructor Develops                                              Winning eLe...
The awareness of the psychological welfare of the troops     had long been recognised as a critical factor in ensuring    ...
Naval CustomsThe Ship’S Bell                                                                        and Traditions‘Eight o...
NOD Family Day 06                                at Discovery centre     What better way to spend a meaningful day than sp...
RSN SwimmingSWIMMERS from five formations (COSCOM,FLEET, HQ RSN/NDU, NALCOM/WARCENand TRACOM) showed their prowess in the ...
A fleeting moment in concentrationIs no joy-ride;Not with a blue-chip reputationFor sailing against any tide.
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  1. 1. A PublicAtion of the RePublic of SingAPoRe nAvyhttp://www.mindef.gov.sg/navy ISSUE 01 2007 NsMeN tAke to the seAs: “ICT… is a melting pointPeoPle AlwAys MAtter: where minds meet”“Our People Make A Difference to thegoals and outcomes we seek as aNavy family”
  2. 2. A Word from CNV BESIDES transformational capabilities and skills, providing professional guidance or operational readiness, strong commitment even in giving guidance in their personal and cohesion of our people are crucial to situations. Secondly, I applaud the good our Navy. We are proud of our Navy family work of our warrant officers in fostering culture and its fine values, something we C&C among the WOSR corps, through want to see prevail in every generation enlarging their contribution to the of Navy men and women. Therefore, our RSN, highlighting their aspirations, andRepublic of Singapore Navy leaders at all levels should continue to developing their skills. Thirdly, the regular foster commitment and cohesion (or C&C) dialogues by commanders are one channel of our people, amidst our busy schedules. of communication on policies and changes as well as gathering feedback from our The RSN has articulated a simple C&C servicemen. Another important channel framework for common understanding is the Pers Hubs now well established in and easy communication; we see that C&C Changi and Tuas Naval Bases. They are is forged when people feel that the work one-stop centres for our people to enquire they do is engaging and meaningful, they about career matters without having have a sense of belonging to their units, to travel to HQ or make appointments there is inspiring and caring leadership, with different staff officers in NPD. Since they share common defining experiences, settling in their steady-state, the Pers Hubs there are opportunities to connect with one have taken the extra step of visiting units another, individuals’ needs are being met regularly to solicit concerns of our people. and members are united by their common I encourage our servicemen to make the values. Let me highlight a few initiatives most of the services and convenience which I think are particularly helpful to provided by Pers Hubs. fostering C&C. Finally, I want to express my sincere First is the coaching method, a process of appreciation to the Navy family for their partnership, mentoring and feedback. We fine efforts in raising $171,687 during the RADM Ronnie Tay have implemented coaching in our schools, recent RSN Charity Heartstrings 2007. Your chief of navy and we will be having more of our people concern for the needy in our society is a trained in it. I see every CO and team value we all share in the RSN. Together, leader to be a coach – whether in helping let us continue to serve the Navy with their sub-ordinates develop leadership commitment and cohesion. Courtesy Calls (From Left to right) Vice Admiral Charles D. Wurster, Commander Coast Guard Pacific Area, Coast Guard Defence Forces West, US Coast Guard Vice Admiral Jan Willem Kelder, Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy (From Left to right) Admiral Datuk Ramlan Bin Mohamed Ali, Chief Of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy Vice Admiral Raman Prem Suthan, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy ChAiRMAn LTC Soh Cheow Guan CoVER PAgE EDitoR LTC Irvin Lim Photo by 3SG Stephan Qiu MEMBERS LTC Spencer Ngui I LTC John Liow I MAJ Jamie Yee I MAJ Eugene Chng I Mr Narindar Singh I Ms Jessica Teo I MWO Lim Chock Seng BACK PAgE Photo provided by NRC ExECutiVE StAff Ms Serena Lim I SSG James Chan I 3SG Stephan Qiu I LCP Yeo Kei Seen I LCP Robin OngNAVY NEWS ia a bi-monthly publication of the Republic of Singapore Navy. The views expressed by its writers do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Navy or the Ministry ofDefence. NAVY NEWS is not to be reproduced in whole or in parts without the written consent of the RSN. Articles of interest are invited from readers, who may send them to NAVYNEWS, Naval Operations Department, HQ RSN, 303 Gombak Drive, #03-36, Singapore 669645. For enquiries, call 6768 3367 or email navynews@starnet.gov.sg.
  3. 3. EX Pelican 28/06, a bilateral exercise betweenthe Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and Republicof Singapore Navy (RSN), was conductedsuccessfully in Changi Naval Base (CNB)from 14 to 21 Jan 07. This year’s exercise,the twenty-eighth in the series, was hostedby RSN, and included a visit by RBN FleetCommander, COL(L) Abd Aziz Bin Hj MohdTamit. The command teams of three RBN andthree RSN ships, KDB Waspada, KDB Pejuang,KDB Perwira, RSS Sea Tiger, RSS Vigour andRSS Fearless participated in the exercise.The Opening Ceremony was jointly officiatedby RADM Tan Kai Hoe, Fleet Commander RSNand COL(L) Abd Aziz Bin Hj Mohd Tamit, FleetCommander RBN, at Changi Naval Base on 15Jan. This year’s exercise saw the RBN usingthe Changi Tactical Training Centre for the first EX PELICAN 28/06time and comprised of tactical exercises in alldimensions of warfare. Interactions betweenboth navies were apparent at all levels asthe ships’ officers and crews exchangedprofessional knowledge during the tacticaltraining exercises.Said Commander 1st Flotilla RSN, COL JosephLeong, in his speech during the OpeningCeremony: “the exercise gives the two naviesan opportunity to foster closer ties andenhance cooperation in the undertaking offuture operations.”Article Contributed by CPT Chang Tuck Kam SINGAPORE hosted the first ever ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Maritime Security Shore Exercise on 22-23 Jan, which is aimed at building confidence, understanding and familiarity between the 21 participating member countries. The exercise arose from ARF Confidence Building Measures (CBM) on “Regional Cooperation in Maritime Security”, which Singapore co-hosted with the US from 2-4 Mar 05, and was initiated for the Asia-Pacific security forum to move beyond confidence-building measures. The two days saw participating countries involvedARf Maritime Security Shore in professional discussions on National Inter-agency Models of Information Sharing and International andexercise 2007 Regional Cooperation Agreements, and table-topSharing Perspectives, discussions as well as simulation exercises to promote interagency co-operation to deal with potential maritime security threats. At the Tactical TrainingCreating Awareness Centre (TTC) in Changi Naval Base, member countries had to identify and track a missing fictitious vessel-of- interest. With limited information on the lost vessel, participants had to work together in composite teams to share information to collectively compile the sea situation picture. In his closing address, Fleet Commander RADM Tan Kai Hoe remarked on the positive outcome of the exercise: “At the operational level, the table-top execise may not have provided any definite solutions but it has given us possibilities from hearing and understanding all the differing perspectives we bring to the table.” He added: “Ideas picked up from this exercise may well provide the solution to challenges we face in the future.” ~RO
  4. 4. ‘GUNBOAT DIPLOMACY’ from a bygone era...fired by friendship! THE blast of a cannon shattered the calm of an otherwise However, there are some differences. Firstly, the 18th century normal shopping day at Vivocity recently. Screams and crew consisted of only men. The contemporary voyage commotion from the crowd quickly followed, but was abruptly includes both men and women on board the ship. Secondly, silenced by another 7 loud blasts, sending shockwaves that modern facilities such as refrigerators and medicinal supplies could be felt from the harbour front. Fortunately, the blasts are available to ensure the well-being of the crew, unlike the were not fired in anger but came from the Swedish ship past where many crew members suffered from poor living Gotheborg – an 18th century East Indiaman replica – as it conditions. Thirdly, the ship is equipped with two engines, set off on the next leg of its journey to India on 14 Jan. It was only used to navigate through busy waterways, which can a tradition in the 18th century for all cannons on the deck of propel it up to a top speed of 8 knots. Lastly, the vessel a tall ship to be fired as a gesture of friendship and salute at possesses modern navigational equipment. an overseas port. The Gotheborg, which had been at sea for some 470 days “The journey was definitely tough before calling into Singapore was making a round-the-world trip, retracing the route the Swedish East India Company ...we met with very rough seas... used in the 1700s when trading with China and the Orient. More than half the ship crew got It is a true blue sailing ship from the 18th century – meaning that its propulsion is mainly sourced from the wind. To sea sick” ~ ltA oh Poh huat harness this energy are a total of 1900 square metres of linen sails which allows the ship to travel at an average speed of The crew consists of 80 members of different nationalities. 6 knots. Onboard the ship, the crew has to operate the ship Some of them are from countries which Gotheborg had in the traditional fashion. Sails are let loose and hoisted visited. Along with two other Singaporeans, RSN’s very own manually, which means that crew members have to climb up LTA Oh Zong Bo and LTA Oh Poh Huat were given the once- around 47 metres of rigging in order to perform this tedious in-a-life-time opportunity to sail onboard the ship when it task. Anchors are also operated manually. departed from Hong Kong on 12 Dec 06. “The journey was definitely tough because when we set sail from Hong Kong, we met with very rough seas and rough weather. More than half the ship crew got sea sick”, said LTA Oh Poh Huat. Agreeing with him, LTA Oh Zong Bo said, “I was seasick for the initial part of the journey too.” For LTA Oh Zong Bo, a moment that he will never forget was when “I climbed up to the Bram, that’s Swedish for the highest point of the ship, I suddenly turned around and threw up in my watchmate’s face! She was really cool about it and totally understood how I felt, and did not kick up a fuss. After that rather embarassing episode, we just gathered around and talked about it. That’s the fantastic part of being on this ship.” Even when seasick, they also had to climb the rigs of the ship. “I was vomitting but I still had to work because we believe that as a seafarer, no matter what kind of condition you are in, you must be able to work”, said LTA Oh Zong Bo. “When the watch leader gave an order, we needed to push on and do everything that was necessary...When we looked around us and saw the Swedes still going strong, we couldn’t help but rally on,” added LTA Oh Poh Huat. Besides overcoming the physical challenges onboard the 18th century ship, our two officers faced yet another challenge. “We did not know the Swedish language,” said LTA Oh Poh Huat. ”We had problems understanding simple
  5. 5. instructions that were given to us. We coped by listening commendation from both the crew and Captain onboard theout for familiar keywords. When needed, we would look ship. The Captain of Gotheborg, Captain Peter Kaaling said:around for someone who could provide us with an English “These officers are fast learners and did well to integratetranslation.“ into the running and operations of the ship.” Another crew member, Jesper, the ship’s carpenter, had this to add: “ What“While life onboard the ship may be tough, it provided we have here are 2 fine gentlemen from the Singapore Navy,opportunities to stop and notice some of the little things who worked hard to battle the tough conditions onboard.in life that are overlooked in our fast-paced lifestyle. One They certainly look great in their uniforms.”particular experience for me was when I climbed all the wayto the tip of the Bowstrint to see past the bleenders - the For sure, their participation in one leg of the historicaltwo sails hanging down the Bowstrint. I had a clear view voyage onboard Gotheborg, has left LTA Oh Zong Bo andall around and below me was just water with sea spray and LTA Oh Poh Huat with many memorable seafaring memoriespounding waves. It was a fantastic view. I was up there for an and experiences to treasure. When asked for parting wordshour,” recalled LTA Oh Zong Bo. before heading off for a well-deserved break, LTA Oh Zong Bo said with a smile: “Clear skies and calm blue seas all theImportant lessons were learnt too. “The first four days, the way, of course! That’s what we hope for everyday.” ~KSSea State was really bad. As representatives of the RSN,we couldn’t give up just like that. This really increased andimproved my determination,” said LTA Oh Poh Huat. As forLTA Oh Zong Bo: “onboard any ship, teamwork is of utmostimportance. You can be a soloist and climb the rig fast, butyou won’t be able to unfurl the sails alone. You have to workwith everyone to get the sails down. Everybody has to workas a team to get the ship going. There is so much more tolearn and what we have been exposed to was merely a tipof the iceberg.”Despite the tough and unfamiliar conditions experiencedby our very own RSN officers, both LTAs received words of Ex LEJONTHE Republic of Singapore Navy and Royal Swedish Navy SINGA 11/06 the realism of the exercise in the current maritime securitytook part in a 13-day annual bilateral exercise codenamed, environment.Ex LEJON SINGA 11/06 from 1- 13 Dec 06. This year,the exercise was hosted by the RSN, comprising topical Incorporated into the exercise was a senior commanderpresentations, ships visits, MCM planning and a concurrent programme where the Commanding Officer of the 4th NavalEOD programme. A sea phase for MCM operations was Warfare Flotilla (RSWN), CAPT Jan Thornqvist visited bothalso conducted. This exercise was the eleventh in the series naval bases, SAFTI-MI, FMSS and POCC. This event wasthat is aimed at benchmarking the best practices in Mine hosted by Commander COSCOM, COL Tan Wee Beng.Counter Measure Operations as well as EOD operations andfoster of relationship between the two MCM communities. Both MCM Squadron Commanders agreed in unison that LEJON SINGA has fostered dependable friendship andThree ships, RSS BEDOK, RSS KATONG and RSS PUNGGOL interoperability over the years between the two countries.took part in the exercise. The highlight of this year’s exercise As CO 194 SQN, LTC Tan Yong Kee summed it: “ Both MCMwas the setting-up of an afloat MCM Tasking Authority communities have been enjoying a longstanding friendship(MCMTA) onboard the MCMV to provide commands with and an edifying exercise together and we believe that we canthe opportunity for on-scene threat analysis and exercise carry the exercise to even greater heights moving forward.”injects. Small boat threats and simulated drifting mineswere included as part of the exercise scenario to increase Article contributed by LTA Calvin Loh
  6. 6. Let’s Talk Terrorism 2007 base Security Seminar Changi and Tuas Naval Base residents in the Fleet Auditorium benefitted greatly from the seminar that included presentations on maritime terrorism case-studies. MAJ Patrick Foo, newly appointed CO Changi Defence Squadron, advised the audience never to underestimate the terrorists’ deadly determination: “With global counter-terrorism initiatives cutting off their financial and supply linkages, terrorist groups are forced to employ innovative attack strategies. They plan up to the minute, and conduct thorough rehearsals to ChAngi Defence Squadron organised its inaugural ensure flawless execution of their attacks with a Do-and-Die Base Security Seminar on 25 Jan to update theory!” participants on the maritime terrorism threat around the region and the world. Guest-of-Honour, Fleet The seminar’s knowledge sharing with base residents has Commander RADM Tan Kai Hoe also shared his enhanced understanding on the need for robust base security thoughts on how each personnel can help play a as part and parcel of the state of heightened vigilance today, critical role in enhancing base security. with greater tolerance for minor inconveniences like regular batch, bag and boot checks. We can all do our part by keeping Attended by various formations in the Navy, the vigilant and not leave anything to chance. After all, it’s always overlapping sea of green and white uniforms of better to be safe than sorry. ~RO CDS Changes Command ChAngi Defence Squadron (CDS) welcomed on board its third Commanding Officer, MAJ Patrick Foo Kok Boon, who took over from MAJ Danny Tan Tiong Kee at a Change of Command Ceremony on 19 Jan 07. The COC also marked MAJ Tan’s retirement from the RSN. Fleet Commander, RADM Tan Kai Hoe graced the occasion. Being the second Commanding Officer of CDS, MAJ Tan was instrumental in the further developments of CDS, focusing on “heartware” - the management of human capacity. In his farewell speech, MAJ Tan expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards his loyal and competent team of Sea Soldiers and support staff for their strong support and dedication during his tour in MAJ Patrick Foo CDS. swearing-in as CO CDS In his inaugural address, MAJ Foo reinforced the need for CDS to continually stay Alert and Vigilant when faced against contemporary threats. He also emphasized CDS’ focus will be on enhancing its physical protection system through the integration of people, equipment and processes that operate within the base, in order to be “ready to deter, detect, defend and defeat any adversary that seeks to deny us from fulfilling our mission.” The ceremony ended poignantly with the event’s highlight – the Line of Honour where MAJ Danny Tan bade farewell to all his men and welcomed MAJ Patrick Foo with a warm round of applause. FC thanking MAJ Danny Article contributed by Mr. Tan Kok Siong Tan for his contributions
  7. 7. levels, from the NSF who raises posting directives, to the branch head who looks after servicemen’s interest in his recommendation for compensation. The MAD movement also attempts to pay attention to the “goodness” that is extended from one staff member to another. In this way, members will feel appreciated and will be furtherSomething engaged to their duties, reinforcing a positive movement that can potentially transform sparks to a bonfire. The STARFISH on the wall captures the goodness displayed by any member in NPD familyMAD is that does not necessarily has to be work-related experience. One Starfish has this story...happening at “I would like to thank LCP Windsor from NPD Registry for making a difference to my day. He is always polite and has a cheerful deposition. There are many instances when I need him to run despatchNPD! errands for me (although we are at different location) and he never fail to make sure that the other parties receive the items on time. He would drop me a note when it is done without me asking for it. ThereTHE staff in NPD has gone MAD! A blank wall in NPD’s office was one instance when I mistype the address andat Gombak has been transformed into a colourful depiction he took the initiative to verify and correct theof Wishing Trees, Starfishes, and the Sea. For all in NPD, error. Simple follow-ups but these are what set himMAD stands for Making A Difference. apart from other NSFs. He takes pride in his job and I am pleased with his work attitude. “ - Yuen KarThe MAD depiction on the wall aims to constantly remind staff Woh, SO MP A, NNSBmembers that the work in NPD can and will make a differenceto that individual, unit or formation. Unlike operational units If you have a positive encounter with a NPD staff ,on the ground, NPD is a department where members are you are invited to B1-45 at MINDEF buildingcharged with wide ranging and diversified responsibilities and write this “goodness” on the Starfish, andon all HR matters, from postings to Personnel Affairs. NPD become a part of NPD’s MAD movement!endeavours to fulfil its vision to be the Premier HRDepartment, providing Trusted Experiences for our People Article contributed by LTC Neo Eng Chuan, MAJ Eric Tan,in a World Class Navy. The MAD movement will help to Ms. Rosalind Tanfoster an ethos in NPD and inculcate a greater sense ofpurpose in the work that the department undertakes at all 7
  8. 8. Friendly Doorstep Service with Pers Hub! MWO Ganapathy, 185 Sqn HQ, agrees: “Since the BRINGING more responsive and convenient HR service to implementation of Pers Hub, queries on HR and other our personnel serving at the operational commands has welfare related issues have been well disseminated to all the earned much kudos for the RSN Pers Hub concept which service personnel thus ensuring that they are kept up-to- was initiated barely a few years ago. Since establishment in date with the latest circulars. Furthermore, both the staff and Tuas and Changi Naval Bases in 2004 and 2005 respectively, officers at Pers Hub are dedicated, professionally trained and many of our RSN personnel working there have benefitted polite in answering all queries. Their eagerness to assist us from the services provided by the two Pers Hubs – Changi is most appreciated.” He goes on to add: “We can now look Pers Hub and Tuas Pers Hub. forward to Pers Hub to assist us with our manpower queries. We certainly appreciate the Pers Hub officers’ passion in As part of the RSN Human Resource (HR) framework, helping those who require assistance and providing them the Pers Hub provides customer-centric and enhanced with good advice. This has helped to strengthen the good responsiveness in delivering HR services to personnel on the relationship which have already been built among the service ground. The aim of setting up the Pers Hub is to enhance personnel.” employee relations and to actively engage our servicemen in HR matters. By doing so, they aim to uplift the morale by Ship COs like LTC Chow Khim Chong, CO RSS Persistence, better meeting the HR needs of our navy men and women. regularly receives positive feedback from his crew. “Pers Hub has been very proactive, responsive and dedicated to Let’s hear from some satisfied customers: serving the RSN servicemen/women. Servicemen/women directed by me to seek advice/consultation from Pers As MWO Wong Fook Lam, SCOXN, 185 Sqn HQ, puts it: Hub on matters related to the services provided were well “I enquired about certain HR matters and was pleasantly received and attended to. On 24 Jul 06, Changi Pers Hub surprised to be given an instant response. Not only was even volunteered to run a dialogue session with my crew the proper directive cited, the Pers Hub staff are also onboard the ship. Case studies presented during this session accommodating with their helpful advice. The creation of was clearly presented to the personnel,” he says. Pers Hub benefits all sailors as it helps to alleviate doubts whenever possible. It is a convenient communication “I’ve approached Pers Hub on a few occasions with issues channel that is much appreciated by our servicemen.” pertaining to my crew’s service terms and personnel matters.
  9. 9. She adds: “Besides providing quick and relevant answers to the servicemens’ queries, we also seek to engage our servicemen so as to gain a better understanding of their needs and requirements and in the process, develop understanding and better customer relationships.” To Pers Hub staff, the well-being of all in-service personnel is always a top priority. As Ms Annie Puah, SO Changi Pers Hub shares: “We also provide a listening ear to our servicemen and feedback to management on ground sentiments over manpower policies.” Indeed, Pers Hubs’ staff at our bases are the friendly faces and ‘frontline feelers’ for the Naval Personnel Department (NPD) based at HQ RSN, providing responsive and accurate information pertaining to personnel affairs and career management issues. Despite “We also provide a listening ear to our servicemen and feedback to management on ground sentiments over manpower policies.” ~Ms Annie Puah their relatively small numbers - only four personnel in each Pers Hub – the staff stay true to their promise statement signed on 5 Mar 04 when Tuas Pers Hub was launched - Pers Hub exists to provide responsive, prompt and friendly services to our RSN servicemen and women when they approach us with queries. NowThe response has always been exceedingly prompt and our sailors know where to turn to whenever there are HRcomprehensive. From the conversations I’ve had with staff matters they need advice on at their work bases!at Pers Hub, it is evident that they have the welfare ofour servicemen and women at heart and will always try toprovide the requisite advise and explain options availableto the servicemen concerned. The staff are knowledgeableand more than willing to expend that added effort toensure that our personnel policies and rationales arewell communicated,” says MAJ Richard Lim, CO RSSEndurance.Others like LTC Woo Chee Seng, CO 180 Sqn, think that thenovel idea of Pers Hub is very good for personnel to clarifyissues which may take more time in the past to resolve.“However, my feel is that Pers Hub needs more publicityfor more personnel to know of its existence and servicesoffered,” he says.Taking note of the feedback, Ms Josephine Chua, HdChangi Pers Hub, assures that “Pers Hub will continue withregular ships visits and road shows to update servicemen onHR policy matters and publicise the role of Pers Hub.”
  10. 10. THEIR office space may not revolve around or be onboard a ship anymore, but these men just keep coming back for more – for what is known as In-Camp Training (ICT). These are our NSmen, who make up a considerable portion of our armed forces, contributing to the defence of Singapore. Many of whom look forward to their ICTs to update their combat skills, as well as meet familiar old faces as a good time-out from the humdrum of everyday career responsibilities. Three NSmen from various walks of life share with Navy News their views on how ICT has impacted their lives outside of NS. CPT (NS) Raymond Kumar, who has completed reservist training on several occasions, has fond memories of sailing to places such as Mumbai and the South China Sea. Previously, an XO onboard RSS Intrepid, he currently heads the Logistics Supply chain for a chemical company, keeping in touch with the shipping industry through chartering vessels for shipments. He relishes the challenge that he faces during his yearly call of duty where he not only has to get the men to work 1Sg (nS) Silas Parasuraman together as a cohesive team within a short period of time, NAVy but also to motivate them to work towards a common goal. “It is very important to ensure that the men feel supported for them to give more beyond the call of duty,” CPT (NS) Kumar shares. 1SG (NS) Silas Parasuraman, who was once an integral part of 191 SQN’s support crew, warmly recalls a time when he was docked in the waters of Mumbai. LTC (NS) Nama, who Nsmen ICt Training for was his CO when he was still a recruit, spent several hours talking with the crew. “He taught us how life was run onboard a ship, giving us a different side of the picture. It wasn’t all Real Life! army-style; it’s about how you want to live your life, and to what end,” he said. The informal conversation and catered SSg (nS) Ronald Soh meal, courtesy of LTC (NS) Nama and CPT (NS) Kumar, went a long way to keep morale high and hearts warmed. To SSG (NS) Ronald Soh, who spent 6 years in the Navy as Chief Radar Plotter at Pulau Brani Tactical Training Centre, the charm of ICT has to do with the human factors. “When I go back for ICT there’s a reunion atmosphere. It’s then that we get to know people who are facing problems,” says SSG (NS) Soh. “These are the times when we really gel together like a family to try to help each other out.” Frequently, he uses his network of contacts and networking skills to help match his fellow Navy colleagues to a suitable career in his “day” job as Account Manager at Royal Selangor. The most important lesson that all three NSmen feel that they have gained through ICT is the intangible skills that they have picked up during the time in ICT. For SSG (NS) Soh, it was the simple skill of multitasking, which had greatly benefitted him in his civilian life. 1SG (NS) Silas says: “The readiness not only applies in my current job as a lifeguard in Wild Wild Wet... You know what to do when something happens and not panic. It’s not an office-oriented job, just like in the Navy. Everyday it’s a different kind of scenario.” As CPT (NS) Kumar puts it: “Beyond sharpening our fighting skills, ICT gives us the space to hone our leadership and life skills. It boosts my confidence every time I go in there!” ICT CPt (nS) Raymond Kumar has in many ways come to play an integral role in enriching our NSmens’ lives! ~RO We are commemorating 40 Years of national Service! Join us at ngee Ann City from 12 to 15 April 2007.10
  11. 11. 56th Midshipman course withSword of Honour MID Tan Shing EeHARD work, good time management and a positive enthusiast, he decided that hisattitude made Midshipman Tan Shing Ee stand-out as a top future lay with the Navy partlypromising young leader recently. He was presented with the because he was attracted byprestigious Sword of Honour from President S.R. Nathan at the idea of not just defence butthe 63/06 Officer Cadet Course 56th Midshipman Course also diplomacy at sea. CocktailCommissioning Parade on 9 Dec 06. A total of 433 officer receptions with foreign Naviescadets were present at the ceremony, of which 43 RSN during overseas sailing struck acadets were commissioned as new additions to the SAF chord with him, as they gave him the opportunity to betterOfficer Corps. understand each other’s culture and how each others’ systems worked.“Being trainees all this while, the officer-like qualities in ushave yet to be developed fully...I know that there are many 2LT Tan aspires to one day work onboard the frigates, whereareas in which I can still improve much further,” said 2LT he believes he can help contribute by shaping ”the futureTan humbly. A passionate mountain biker and kayaking direction of the RSN at sea”. ~RO12 naval Specialists Promotedto Warrant Officer Corp JWOC also provided good network opportunities for the students from the three Services. Students were given ample63 MSGs from the SAF graduated from 34th Joint Warrant opportunities to interact, share experiences and establishOfficer Course (JWOC) and was promoted to 2WOs on 28 rapport with one another.Dec 06. Chief of Defence Force LG Ng Yat Chung presentedthem with their promotion certificates during the Promotion SAFWOS placed great emphasis on the importance ofCeremony held at Pasir Laba Leaders’ Hall. upholding the SAF Core Values. Students were frequently told to reflect and share their views on SAF Core Values inA total of 12 Navy students completed the 9-week JWOC case studies and scenario-based learning. Said 2WO Puahconducted by SAFWOS, the “Home of the Warrant Officers”. Tee Hiang from Naval Diving Unit, the Book Prize AwardThe course encompassed a wide spectrum of modules that Winner for Navy: “I have learned that as leaders, we needcovered essential topics such as Military Law, Organizational to recognize and manage change as change is constantAwareness, Logistic Finance, Manpower Policies and and inevitable”. As he further elaborated: “WOs need toSupervisory Management Development Programme be steadfast in the way they uphold the SAF Core Values.(SMDP) conducted by IBMEC. The students learned much While having the need to embrace change one must notand benefited especially from the SMDP module. The compromise in our Values System, otherwise the significantmodule gave them many useful and important soft skills changes that take place will lose their underlying purposeon leadership as they embark on their next journey in their and true meaning.”career as Warrant Officers. Article contributed by MWO Lim Chock Seng1st Sea Soldier Leaders rendition of the former training programme for future 3SGs. Although the leaders only had a short period of training,Course Graduates the course managed to obtain eight Gold awards along with fifteen Silver awards for IPPT. Another impressive achievement was chalked up when all trainees completed the 2.4km run under the 11:00min mark. The leaders also participated in the 10km Singapore-Johor 2nd Link Bridge Run on 12 Nov 06. Although participation was not a course requirement, the leaders took the opportunity to forge stronger bonds and comradeship. Indeed, the fervent display of enthusiasm and motivation in striving towards a common goal resulted in a Sunday morning to remember28 Nov 06 marked a new beginning to a special group of for all who participated.young gentlemen, for it was the day that the 1st Sea Soldier The main criterion of the course was not just to build-up aLeaders Course (SSLC) passed out from their course, not physically fit person, but also a leader of sharp intellect andjust as commanders but leaders as well. Traditionally called strong character who is a team player.the Sea Soldier Commanders Course, SSLC is an extended Article contributed by 1st SSLC graduates PTE Daniel Ho 11
  12. 12. who were colonies, were seeking independence from the west. LTC (Ret) Gill was also fired up with this feeling of independence and felt that we, as Singaporeans, should train to prepare ourselves for our independence. While teaching and undergoing the Teacher’s Training Course during the day, LTC (Ret) Gill trained with the Royal Naval Volunteers Reserves (RNVR) during the evenings to become a Naval Officer. He rose through the ranks from being a sailor to Commander in the RNVR, where the Navy comprised mainly of volunteers totaling about 1,000 men only. First in The call allowed LTC (Ret) Gill to touch base personally with the Navy family. Upon hearing Honours-Roll personally the advancements the Navy has made over the years, LTC (Ret) Gill was filled with pride. CNV remarked that the current achievements meets CNV are built on the firm foundations made by the pioneers of the Navy. Despite having retired forty years earlier from the Navy, LTC (Ret) Gill still feels strongly for the THE honours-roll in the office of the Chief of Navy starts off with a Navy and enjoys reading the Navy News. Since picture of LTC (Ret) Jaswant Singh Gill. On 28 Dec 06, LTC (Ret) Gill leaving the Navy, he has been actively engaged. caught up with the Chief of Navy, RADM Ronnie Tay four decades after He taught for 10 years at United World College handing over the helm of the Navy in 1968. He shared with CNV his and went into business after his retirement at memories on the beginning of the Navy and the challenges that he 60 years. On 29 Dec 06, he was also recognised faced then. for his contributions to the Sikh community at Singapore Khalsa Association’s 75th Anniversary The period after 1945 was the period in which many Asian countries, celebrations. ~RO THE RSN witnessed a change of its Chief Warrant Officer Navy (CWN) at the Fleet Auditorium in Changi Naval Base on 12 Jan. Outgoing CWN SWO Roger Seow handed over CNV thanks the pace-stick to SWO Aloysius Cheong at the ceremony outgoing CWN which was graced by CNV RADM Ronnie Tay. SWO Seow SWO Seow has served as CWN since taking over the position of SWO Choo Thiam Fook on 21 Feb 05. In his speech, SWO Seow said: “I lead through mutual trust and understanding amongst my warrant officers and men... I did not encounter any challenges of deploying my WOSR to take up extra Chief warrant responsibilities because of the respect they have given me.” Navy CoA “SWO Cheong is firm in his decision-making and I have confidence that he will motivate and bring the WOSR Corp to greater heights,” said SWO Seow. SWO Cheong was NDU’s Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) prior to being appointed CWN. Having imbibed NDU’s motto of “Nothing Stands In Our Way” and anchored to the firm belief that one should always take pride in performing to the best of one’s ability no matter how difficult or challenging the journey, SWO Cheong aims to bring the RSN WOSR corp to the next level as a world class Navy. “When SWO Seow took over, he said that he would be looking into and cleaning out the lower decks and bilges. Now that these are ship-shape and sea worthy, I guess the only place left that still requires attention is the SWO Seow hands over underwater hull.” With a witty glint in his eye, he added: the CWN pace-stick to “Maybe that’s why a Diver has been summoned to carry out SWO Cheong this task!” ~KS12
  13. 13. CDF Visits Tuas Naval Base CHIEF of Defence Force LG Ng Yat Chung visited the standby units of Tuas Naval Base on 29 Dec 06. The event was organised to provide the opportunity for CDF to interact with the units on duty for the New Year. Upon his arrival, he was received by COL Tan Wee Beng, Commander COSCOM who briefed him on the programme for the day. After the briefing, CDF was escorted to RSS Sovereignty. After interacting with the ship’s crew, CDF sent RSS Sovereignty off for their patrol. He then had an interaction session with the Pier Duty System personnel onboard RSS Gallant. CDF also interacted with Fast Craft Training Unit and Tuas Defence Squadron at the Fast Craft Marina. The visit concluded with an interaction session with personnel on duty over the New Year period - namely the Accompany Sea Security Team (ASSeT), the Integrated Operations Centre (IOC), Pier Duty System and Harbour Security Teams (HST), and Tuas Defence Squadron. The visit provided a boost to the morale of the personnel on duty. ~KSkudos to rsN’s SINGAPORE hosted an International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Swimming Officialsswimming Seminar from 13-14 Oct 06. A number of RSN personnel, MWO Kwan Wai Wing from NSuWC, 1WO Ong Hock Lai from NDU and SSG Lowtechnical Hoo Chung from IMOS, had the privilege to be selected by the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) to attend the 7th in the series of seminars,Practitioners in recognition for their consistent and excellent performance as swimming technical officials at national and international swimming meets. International swimming competitions such as the Olympics, World Swimming Championship series, International and Regional Swimming Championships are under the purview of FINA. The FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar has long been highly regarded internationally where well-respected Swimming Technical practitioners are invited to conduct workshops and talks to share their experiences and to enhance the knowledge of fellow swimming technical officials. “We are honoured to be given the privilege and recognition by SSA to attend such a premier seminar for the swimming technical officials,” said 1WO Ong. ~RO 1
  14. 14. wisley, Chef whets sailors’ He really guided me along and he gave me a lot of encouragement that propelled me to become what I am today.” Appetites The SHATEC Chef Competition, which was sponsored by the US Potatoes Board, pit junior chefs against each other in a battle of gastronomic proportions. There were and Wins a total of six judges, whereby one was a representative from the sponsor and the remaining five were renowned Judges’ Hearts! chefs in Singapore. Amongst the twelve participants of the competition was SSG Wisley Tay. Knowledge and skills gained over these years have NAVY Chef SSG Wisley Tay recently clinched the overall second certainly enlightened SSG Tay. “I would really want to place in the annual SHATEC Chef Competition (Junior Category) make full use of whatever knowledge that I’ve received on the 18 Nov 06. It was another feather in the toque (chef’s hat) for from the competitions and the attachments because the Chief Chef of RSS Formidable, who is certainly no stranger to they have given me a lot of ideas and fired-me up to the delightful world of fabulous food. Having been in the RSN for do more for the organisation. For example, I would like almost 14 years, he has gained much experience serving onboard to start-up a training programme for our chefs and the the different classes of ships in the RSN, “from the smaller crafts future chefs”, he says when asked about his ambition. like the Patrol Crafts to the MCVs ... and finally, to the Frigate”, as he puts it. SSG Wisley was selected to be part of the pioneer When the final results for the competition was crew of the new stealth frigate (RSS Formidable) and was sent to announced, SSG Wisley Tay’s ‘tongue-talising’ creation France to sail back the ship to Singapore in 2005. On his voyage - “Pearl of the Orient with Wasabi Mayo Sauce” - won back, he even managed to pick up new skills and techniques from the hearts of the judges. This dish was an intriguing a French chef onboard. one as instead of conventional cooking, SSG Tay chose to adopt a “fusion-style” approach to it. “I’m the type Life in the RSN has also made a big impact on SSG Tay’s outlook of guy who likes to play around with taste and I don’t on life and his role in the navy. “It has given me more responsibility like to stick with one type of cuisine”, he says. When as it’s not myself I’m taking care of but more importantly, I have to asked of his feelings towards achieving the impressive take care of my whole crew ,“ he says. Feedback from the crew, second place win, he says: “The prize does not matter. hence, is of great importance whether it is positive or negative, Rather, it’s the pride. Behind this chef attire, I’m wearing “it is up to us on the receiving end to accept the comments. From a uniform. I feel really happy and proud to be a Naval there, we can then see how to improve further.” Chef.” “When I first joined the Navy, I was a bit disappointed with my What is it that drives SSG Wisley Tay to continue striving first impression of life as a cook in the cookhouses,” he recollects. for excellence in his vocation? “Well, when there’s a will, “Luckily, this quickly changed! I went to the cookhouses and there is always a way!” ~ KS was advised by then SSG Anthony, who is now 1WO Anthony. Back Paddle Through the years, a number of changes were introduced to improve the skills of Navy Cooks. This included the introduction of an advanced course, SUPERVISOR 1 course, and realistic On Job Training attachment with Hotels in 1978; and introduction of NAVY cuisine certainly has undergone drastic changes since its systematic training to SMT (present-day IMOS) in 1988. humble beginning in the 60s. Operating under the Maritime In 1995, after achieving the ISO 9002 certification, the Command, our Navy Chefs - then known as Navy Cooks - trained name Naval Cook was changed to Naval Chef. Today, in Maju camp along with the other two Forces in Maju Camp. our chefs are sent to SHATEC for training. Gone are the Navy Cooks, then, came from the British Force and were trained days of yellow vegetables, stone-in-my-rice situations under a course which went by a simple name - COOK COURSE. In and the never-changing menu of the past. Our sailors 1975, the training location was shifted from Maju Camp to Seletar today enjoy nutritionally balanced and well-prepared camp. food served onboard our ships.1
  15. 15. 1WO Toh (centre) receiving his prize Navy Instructor Develops Winning eLearning Courseware!1WO Janiel Toh, resident training officer at the Instructional As an instructor in Instructional Development Branch ofDevelopment Branch (IDB) of the Institute of Maritime IMOS, most of 1WO Toh’s working hours were spent onOperations Systems (IMOS), was the proud recipient of coaching his instructors and he had to make personalthe Best Use of Multimedia, Interaction or Simulation award sacrifices in order to find time to develop the eLearningfor his entry, An Idiot’s Guide to Instructional Techniques, at courseware after work.the Lectora Carnival Awards Ceremony held on 26 Jan. 1WO Toh was among a select group of prize winners fromA product created partly out of necessity, An Idiot’s Guide is various private organisations and educational institutions, asa courseware designed with instructors in mind. As Method well as other formations in the SAF. He humbly credits IMOSof Instruction (MOI) courses - where instructors are trained for the achievement, explaining: “It’s more for the benefit of- come about only on a quarterly basis, affected instructors the Navy; not as a personal achievement ... The award itselffound it unproductive to be left waiting for months before is a bonus – an incentive perhaps for others to continue tothe next course came along. 1WO Toh’s product was created do good work to impart knowledge to our instructors andto make up for this void – effectively bridging this gap to ultimately, our learners”.equip the instructors with necessary instructional techniqueson-time and on-need. With more future instructional projects in the pipeline, 1WO Toh has this advice for those developing instructionalOrganised by solutions company eLearning Consultants, techniques: “They should concentrate on how they canthe Lectora competition is into its 2nd year and aims to benefit their students/trainees, developing always basedshowcase and recognise outstanding examples of eLearning on-need in mind”. ~ROcourseware, encouraging the creation of good interactiveresources for the purpose of teaching and learning. opportunities offered by the Navy, so immediately I grabbed the chance”. Through the newspapers, MSG Ruan chanced upon the “Learn As You Earn” (LAYE) Scheme. “It offered the opportunity for one to do ‘O’ levels, BMT and serve the force at the same time. It appeared like a good catch, so I applied and took up my first sponsorship”, he said. AfterNo Boxing Up, completing his BMT, MSG Ruan was posted to the Navy. Eight years later, another chance presented itself to him. This time, the sponsorship offered him the opportunity to furtherthis Sailor! his studies in ITE. Upon graduating from ITE, he returned to serve the RSN for four years before applying for his present scholarship. Certainly his journey has not been an easy one. Between scholarships there were lull periods of four to eight years. “It was quite a difficult time for me to catch up with myTHE journey from ITE to Polytechnic is an arduous journey and studies. Aside from this, I also had to juggle studies withdemands much hardwork and sacrifice from one should he the birth of my newborn child and taking care of my father,”or she decide to pursue this path. MSG Ruan Qin Yuan is one he shares. Maintaining the position of top student for 2such candidate. Under the Continuous Learning Academic consecutive years was also another challenge that he facedStudy Scheme (CLASS) sponsored by the RSN, MSG Ruan and overcame. However, the greatest “pressure comeshas done the RSN proud by not only accomplishing this especially from the Navy. It’s like you’re representing andjourney, but by also clinching the position of top student in running for the country,” he says.Singapore Polytechnic. In summing his philosophy on lifelong learning, he says:Currently pursuing a diploma in Electronics, Computer ”It is never too late to continue and never stay within your Communications Engineering, MSG Ruan had always comfort zone. Always explore and try new things and neverwanted to pursue a degree. However, “because of my have fixed thinking concepts. This reminds me of a joke Ipoor family background, I had to give up my studies”, said often tell my classmates, people say, ‘Think out of the box.’MSG Ruan during an interview. After completing his ‘N’ I like to say -” don’t think out of the box, tear the box, don’tLevels, MSG Ruan set his sights on joining the Navy: “I saw even let there be a box!”~KS 1
  16. 16. The awareness of the psychological welfare of the troops had long been recognised as a critical factor in ensuring operational readiness by the SAF. Since the establishment of the SAF Paracounselling Scheme in 1982, the number of SAF Paracounsellors has grown to an impressive strength of 916. This, according to RADM(Ret) Kwek Siew Jin, Chairman of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, translates into “an average of one paracounsellor for every 100 servicemen”. Of these 916 paracounsellors, RADM(Ret) Kwek 122 are from the Navy. Siew Jin receiving his appreciation plaque from PS(D) On 20 Dec 06, the SAF Paracounsellor Appreciation Dinner was held at the Civil Service Club as a gesture of appreciation towards this dedicated group of people. Gracing the occasion was PS(D), Mr Chiang Chie Foo as SAF Paracounsellor Appreciation Dinner the Guest-of-Honour. The key note speaker for the event was RADM (Ret) Kwek Siew Jin. 330 paracounsellors were recognised for their contributions and presented with awards for their valuable contributions in spite of their tight work schedule. Of the recipients, three were from the RSN. 1WO Ng Kaa Teck Aloysius from NOD received the Distinguished Service Award, while LTC Chong Han Sy, Dy CO, 182/189 SQN and CPT Alvin Cheong from NPD received the Outstanding Newcomer Awards. “It is good that they give out such awards. It makes us feel motivated and appreciated”, said 1WO Ng. As for CPT Alvin Cheong, who recently joined the scheme in Jan 05: “Every person in MINDEF/SAF contributes to the defence CPT Alvin Cheong of the country. Very frequently, personal problems distract receiving his and divert a serviceman’s attention, affecting their work. certificate of These are trying times where they need someone who can appreciation from really empathise and understand them.” ~KS PS(D) UNLIKE past Christmas celebrations that were held for COSCOM personnel only, this year, COSCOM shared their joy with friends from Katong School and the Society for the Aged Sick. “Christmas is not just about celebration. It is a festive period to share the goodness and the blessings we had for the whole year. And to round-off 2006, COSCOM decided to do it in an especially meaningful way,” said CPT Dominic Teo, organising committee chairman for 180 SQN. The organising committee started preparation for the event in early Sep 06. Activities planned included a Gift Donation Drive, where more than 600 presents were collected and presented to the children from Katong School and the old folks from the Spreading Society for the Aged Sick. COSCOM personnel and Katong School children then went over Joy the to help to clean up the walkways and compound, as well as giving the perimeter walls a new coat of paint at the Society for the Aged Sick on 20 Dec 06. Many of them also mingled with the old CosCoM way! folks. The small but kind gesture brought light into the lives of the old folks. The clean-up was followed by a fun-filled show that included the melodious voices of the formation’s performers, a puppet show and acrobatics performance by professionals. It was indeed a memorable event to end the year with. “The delight of the old folks and vibrant smiles of the students are the special ingredients that made the festive season one to remember for all involved,” said CPL Ng Wee Hua from 180 SQN. Article contributed by CPT Dominic Teo, 180 SQN1
  17. 17. Naval CustomsThe Ship’S Bell and Traditions‘Eight o’clock, Sir!’ twelve; two at the hours of one, five and nine; and the number of strokes increased by one every half hour thereafter, till‘Make it so!’ eight bells are sounded at four, eight and twelve, the hours‘Ding-Ding, Ding-Ding, Ding-Ding, Ding-Ding’ marking the change of watch. Bells were sounded in pairs andAnd eight strokes of the bell are sounded. with vim and verve except during the silent hours between Pipe-Down and Hands-Call. The time during this period wasA fine tradition experienced in the course of a naval career, denoted by sounding little bells, which could only be heard inwould be the age-old practice of colours; a ceremony the immediate vicinity.where the ship’s bell is rang, just prior to a ‘pipe to still’and raising of the colours. In modern times, the ship’s bell RIngIng EnDoRSEMEnTS fRoM ThE gRoUnD:serves purely ceremonial purposes. However, the ship’s “The Bell is affixed onto the Ship during its commissioningbell had an illustrious history serving essential practical through elaborate ceremonial proceedings. Even after a shippurposes. Interested in finding out more? Do read on in this decommissions and long gone, its bell lives on as it is handedre-launched Navy News’ Naval Customs feature to start the over to the Naval Museum. Thus, in my opinion, the Bell is abrand new year...with a ring! sacred artifact, from cradle to grave, that signifies the soul and spirit of the ship.”hiSTory of The Bell: ~ 1WO Loh Wai Hon, Coxswain RSS ValourBells cast from metal were first developed in the BronzeAge, achieving a particularly high level of sophistication “It is a pity that daily Colours conducted on our shipsin China. During the European Middle Ages, they in our bases no longer involves the striking of thewere used by Christians to signal divine services and bell; something which is still done at our trainingmake special announcements. Christian and Buddhist schools like the Midshipman Wing. The conduct ofmonasteries historically used them to regulate daily the Colours with the Bell adds a sense of grandeuractivity, conceptually similar to later timekeeping to the ceremony that makes me proud to be partsystems in the US Navy. The Catholics consider of this unique service.”bells a representation of the voice of God and of ~ CPT Lim Kim Chong, NO RSS Victoryparadise. One of the earliest recorded mentionsof the shipboard bell was on the British ship Grace Dieu oThER nAUTI SToRIES InvoLvIng ThE BELL:about 1485. Some ten years later, the English ship Regentlists two “wache bells” in its inventory. Dog Watch: Aside from the often-quoted story of the ‘dog’ watchIn days of sail, the bell served several functions. . . being so named due to the well known story of the Captain’s dog being paraded on one ship, the termWarning and SignalS: could probably have originated from dodge watch.The sounding of a ship’s bell found a natural application as Sailors complained of keeping the same watch eacha warning signal to other vessels in poor visibility and fog. In day in a 4 hour 3 watch system and devised a system1676 , Henry Teonage, a chaplain in the British Mediterranean to rotate watches. By dividing one four hour watch period intoFleet recorded, “so great a fog that we were fain to ring two separate 2 hour watches, there will be 7 watches insteadour bells, beat drums, and fire muskets often to keep us of 6, naturally bringing a rotation. Since one bell was used tofrom falling foul one upon another”. Ringing a ship’s bell denote the first half hour of the watch, in the revised system,in fog gradually became customary. In 1858, British Naval it was sounded at 1830h after sounding four bells at 1800h.Regulations made it mandatory. Today, maritime law still Two bells were sounded at 1900h and three at 1930h, but eightrequires all ships to carry an efficient bell. bells again marked the change of the watch at 2000h.alarmS: new Year’s Day:The bell is essential as the ship’s fire alarm system. In the The RSN once had the tradition of welcoming the New Yearevent of a fire, the bell is rung rapidly for at least five seconds, by sounding our ships’ horn. The roots of this tradition canfollowed by one, two or three rings to indicate the location be traced back to the ship’s bell. In the olden Navy, on Newof a fire - forward, amidships, or aft respectively. Without the Year’s Eve, sixteen bells were sounded at midnight: eight tobell, there is no means of alarming the entire ship of the ring in the old year, and eight to ring out the new. The privilegefire! of sounding the bell on this occasion was reserved for the youngest person on board. However, since this was an occasionTime Keeping: for celebration, many a young man expecting to strike the bellThe most critical role of the bell in pre-modern time was found that some other had claimed this distinction by reachingtimekeeping. All men on board kept four-hour watches, it first. A wise Executive Officer took precautions against this byand the bell would tell them how much of their watch had slipping out the tongue of the bell in advance, and giving it tobeen completed. Time was indicated by striking the bell the youngest person to sound at the stroke of midnight.every half hour. The number of strokes denoted the timethat had elapsed since the watch began. Thus, one bell Article Pictures contributed by CPT Herbert Pang CPT Eric Angwas sounded 30 minutes after the hours of four, eight and 17
  18. 18. NOD Family Day 06 at Discovery centre What better way to spend a meaningful day than spending quality time with your loved ones and learning interesting facts about our nation at the same time? On 2 Dec 06, personnel of Naval Operations Department (NOD) made their way down to the newly re-vamped Singapore Discovery Centre where the annual NOD Family Day was held. exhibits to tell the ‘Singapore Story’. Guests were able to Graced by guest of honour, Chief of Staff (COS), RADM immerse themselves in Singapore’s past, present and future, Chew Men Leong, the itinerary of the fun-filled day experiencing key moments in our nationhood “as they included activities such as an enriching tour around the happen”. latest cultural and heritage attraction within the Centre, a bus tour of SAFTI Military Institute; the training ground One of the main highlights of the event was a sumptuous of SAF’s officers-to-be and a 3-D movie screening in the buffet lunch that awaited the personnel at the end of their one of a kind iWerks Theatre. Ms Wendy Kwok, Admin tours, but not before an address by Head Naval Operations Officer of NOD and member of the organising committee (HNO), COL Tay Kian Seng where he saluted the hard felt that “it was a good time to hold the family day at the work and efforts of all NOD personnel. COL Tay also took end of the year as it was a more relaxing period with the the chance to thank his predecessor RADM Chew for his children’s school holidays and the festive seasons around contributions to NOD during his helm as HNO, a plaque as a the corner.” She also shared that “the tranquil environment token of appreciation was then presented to RADM Chew. Ms surrounding the venue added to the relaxing experience Janet Loh, an Admin Clerk in NOD, who came with her family and that the venue proved to be a good choice as it was commented, “I’ve gotten to know more about my colleagues educational for both the adults and the children, with the outside work and it was nice seeing everyone helping each ‘Wired To Win’ movie being especially inspirational.” other to make the event work. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and so did my children! The food was incredibly good and it The freshly re-opened Discovery Centre boasts a world was a joy to see my children playing and interacting with my class attraction that uses interactive and multi-sensory colleagues’ children.” -SQ open house. Yes, both active, NSmen and their families gathered onboard MV AVATAR at TNB to celebrate the SQN’s family day-cum-open house. The day’s fun-filled activities gave a rare opportunity for family members of the SQN’s servicemen to catch a glimpse of the working environment of their loved ones in order to better appreciate the important roles they play in the operational readiness and capability of the SQN. In his welcome address , CO 192/193 SQN LTC Samuel Abey, commended the men and women of the SQN for their contributions, and the NSmen for their professionalism and the high state of readiness. He also paid tribute to all family members who made up the extended 192/193 family for their unrelenting support and many sacrifices, which have been instrumental to the success of the SQN. A Family Day of It was indeed a joyous occasion as the families engaged in a wide range of fun-filled activities which included FCU cruises to Sultan Shoal, rides in the LARC V and a tour of MV AVATAR that was particularly enjoyed by the children. It was not just Sun Sea all tour and rides, there was also great food prepared by the chefs from MV AVATAR to whet everyone’s appetite. for 12/1 SQn One of the NSmen , 1SG(NS) Raymond Tan, best summarised the day’s activities: “It was great day, the weather was fine, the company was superb and the food was great. More What a day it was ….Saturday 9 Dec 06, many people (active importantly, now my family knows where I serve my NS duty and NSmen) were seen rushing to Tuas Naval Base. No, and the ship that I sail with for my training deployments.” it was not another mobilisation exercise for the 192/193 SQN’s’NSmen. No.. it was 192/193 SQN’s Family Day and Article contributed by 2WO S.V.Samy1
  19. 19. RSN SwimmingSWIMMERS from five formations (COSCOM,FLEET, HQ RSN/NDU, NALCOM/WARCENand TRACOM) showed their prowess in the Meet 2007 forpool recently. After a hard fought race, HQRSN/NDU emerged as champions in the34th RSN Swimming Meet with a massivescore over the rest. The event was held atthe CNB Swimming Complex on 16 Jan. Six Another Splashing yearnew records were set at the meet. breaking the Records!The main highlight was the record set by LCPLeonard Tan (TRACOM) (100m breaststrokeopen) with a timing of 1min 07.91sec. Newrecords were also set by LCP Marcus Lee(TRACOM) (400m freestyle, open), CPL YipRen Kai (TRACOM) (50m breaststroke, open),Mr Lim Kian Huat (NALCOM) (50m freestyleand 50m breaststroke, senior).This year’s event saw 302 swimmers participate in 56 events. The event, organised by the Institute of Maritime Operations andSystem (IMOS), was graced by Guest of Honour, Commanding Officer, 185 Squadron COL Wellman Wan Ooi Chin.Mr Lim Kian Huat (NALCOM) won the Best Performing Male Swimmer Award. He broke 2 RSN Swimming records in theindividual events (50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke, senior). The Best Performing Female Swimmer Award went to CPTSharen Png (FLEET) who came in first for 3 individual events. She successfully defended her title as she was the winner for lastyear’s award. With a talent pool of strong swimmers, RSN is ready to defend its title in the coming 38th SAFSA Swimming Meetin Feb 2007.Article contributed by 2WO Jeremy Wee BZ! RSN - sAFsA squash runners-Up THE Navy Squash Team emerged 2nd place at the recent SAFSA Inter-formation Squash Competition. This result comes as a marked improvement from the team’s previous standing as second runner-up last year. Two weeks of intense competition saw a total of 11 teams representing their respective formations, battling it out in the group stages before the elimination rounds. In a nail-biting showdown against 9th Division in the semi-finals, the Navy team displayed true fighting spirit and tenacity to emerge victorious, despite being down in the first game. In the finals on 19 Jan, the team was pitted against the hot favourites, 3rd Division, as the long- standing defending champions for the past 3 years. Undeterred by the youthful opponent team, which fielded a couple of national junior players, the Navy team put up a good fight. In spite of their best efforts, the Navy team lost narrowly by 2-3. Team captain MAJ Soh Kay Soon attributed this year’s salutary performance to the determination and dedication of the players. “Despite their busy and varied schedules, the players made it a point to train together at least twice per week before the start of the tournament.” The prize presentation was graced by COL Woo Yew Chung, Comd HQ 8th Singapore Armour Brigade, who presented the team with their trophies and a memento to the team manager in appreciation for their participation. RSN Squash Convenor, COL Foo Toon Lim, conveys his wishes to the team and commended BZ to all who supported them in one way or another. Article contributed by MSG Marvin Koh 1
  20. 20. A fleeting moment in concentrationIs no joy-ride;Not with a blue-chip reputationFor sailing against any tide.

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