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Thursday, 12 February 2015

SAF50 - Boarding onto The Republic of Singapore Navy Ship, RSS Endurance 207

Date of visit: 11.02.2015

Got up at 5.30am   -____-|||
I was so sleepy and hungry at the same time lolxx.....

But it's totally worth it!  We were invited to board RSS Endurance, one of Singapore Navy's landing platform dock ship.

I literally zombie my way to Changi Naval Base but when I saw these two ships, I wanted to scream in joy!
Left - MV Swift Rescue
Right - RSS Endurance 207

MV Swift Rescue, she just returned from Java Sea, supporting the multinational search of downed AirAsia flight QZ8501.
  It is different from knowing it from the screens.  Seeing this rescue tank ship right before my eyes stir up emotions all over again.  Couldn't help to feel sad for this unfortunate crash but at the same time, was proud that MV Swift Rescue with our SAF men had done all they could to retrieve aircraft debris, personal belongings and a body.

MV Swift Rescue
RSS Endurance is a 141m length landing platform dock ship.  It's ENORMOUS and MAGNIFICENT!
RSS Endurance 207

We were boarding onto this military ship and,.....
Jealous!!?  Envy!!?  Yes by all means!
Indeed, this was such an honour and a very rare opportunity.  I treasured every second on board.

This sexy girl with 1000 mega watt smile and cool sunnies is Michelle.
Owe her a BIG THANK YOU for bringing me along ^.^

Super Puma was on board too, omg....

Everybody, including Navy men were to wear a life vest when we were on the deck.
Here's me, grinning from left to right and right to left, heeheehee....
HAPPY and EXCITED to the max!

RSS Endurance

RSS Endurance
RSS Endurance sailing off Changi Naval Base to Vivo Promenade.  It was very windy!

Another major eye-opening for me, was a tour to the Bridge.
Not that kind of bridge we cross over the road or river hor.  It is a "command room" where the speed, direction and other important functions of the entire ship is being controlled.

As the ship was sailing, the Bridge was busy, we had to be silent and touching of anything was forbidden.

I felt as if I walked into a movie.  Everything from the ceiling to the floor was very unreal.

Outside the room....

You are looking at the steering control of the ship, wow....

Next, we moved down to the bottom deck.
The stairs were steep and the flights were narrow, I was holding on to the side rails as I walked down, so couldn't take any photos.

2 Fast Craft Utility (FCU)

 Another pic, you can see how big is the bottom deck.
And that I was always the last one in the group (in whatever, any and every excursion/travel group, every single time) >.<

Back to the open deck, just in time for spectacular views.

RSS Endurance reached Vivo Promenade.

It was an awesome and unforgettable experience on RSS Endurance, one of the largest Navy ship of Singapore.

THANK YOU 191 Squadron for having us on RSS Endurance.
THANK YOU for keeping Singapore's waters safe for the past 50 years ^.^


In conjuction with SAF50 celebration, RSS Endurance will be at Vivo Promenade for the public from 12 Feb to 15 Feb, 9am to 9pm.
Image credit - www.facebook.com/singaporenavy

Tickets for ship visit can be ballot online.  For more information click into ~

There will be ticket draw on-site as well.
Balloting time slots -
12 & 13 Feb: 3pm to 6pm
14 Feb: 9am to 11am, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, 4pm to 6pm
15 Feb: 9am to 12pm, 3pm to 6pm

A gentle note for visitors -

Besides RSS Endurance, there are other exhibits in Vivo City.

Hope you guys will enjoy SAF50 @Vivo as much as we do!

Wishing you fair winds and following seas!

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