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A Tour of the RSS Intrepid with Navy @ Vivo

Hi Folks,

On 15 Mar 2013, the Republic of Singapore Navy Formidable Class Stealth Frigate, RSS Intrepid, sailed into the VivoCity Promenade for the first time – allowing the public to get a glimpse of life aboard the Navy ship that was recently deployed for counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

Thanks to the invitation from MINDEF Public Affairs, I was able to experience this exciting and unique event. Not to mentioned getting a tour onboard the RSS Intrepid and understand more about its capabilities.

RSS Intrepid Berth at VivoCity : 15 - 17 Mar 2013

RSS Intrepid Berth at VivoCity : 15 – 17 Mar 2013

The itinerary of the tour was outlined as follows:

  • Hangar
  • Torp Store
  • Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) Deck
  • Bridge
  • Accommodation spaces for the crew
  • Wardroom
  • Combat Information Centre (CIC)
  • Dining room
A view of the Sikorsky Seahawk S-70B parked on the Heli-deck of the RSS Intrepid

A view of the Sikorsky Seahawk S-70B parked on the Heli-deck of the RSS Intrepid

Ending back at the Hangar at around 7.00pm for the ceremonial sunset, a naval tradition where the ship’s flags are lowered to the accompaniment of a bugle call and arms drill. I’ve never seen this before so I was looking forward to it!

We meet up with the folks from MINDEF Public Affairs, who invited us, and the Ambassadors (and also our guides) from the Republic of Singapore Navy – Major Lim, Capt Ang and Capt Tang – who would show us around the ship and answer all our questions.

Our Ambassadors and Guide from the Republic of Singapore Navy

The Ambassadors and our guides: Major Lim, Capt Ang and Capt Tang

We boarded the RSS Intrepid between the Helipad and Hanger. The tour started with the introduction of the Sikorsky Seahawk S-70B helicopter on the helipad towards the Hanger, Torpedo Store and SSM Deck.

Helicopter Hanger onboard the RSS Intrepid

This is the Helicopter Hanger onboard the RSS Intrepid

Gym onboard the RSS Intrepid - Used to be the Torpedo storage area

This used to be a Torpedo Store but converted into a Gym for the Gulf of Aden Deployment

2 RHIB Stored amidship on the Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) deck

On the right of the Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) deck housing the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB).

Harpoon Missile onboard the RSS Intrepid

On the left of the Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) deck housing the Harpoon Missiles.

Steep DK negotiating the Steep Stairs on Navy Ships

To get to the Bridge, you will need to negotiate such Steep Steep Stairs and there are more around the ship. That’s my friend DK, taking his turn on the stairs.

When we reached the Bridge of the Frigate, it was very crowded with other groups from the public – I could understand their reluctance to move away from this area … the view was nice and the place was Airconditioned!!

All the kids love the array of stations with keyboards, displays, joysticks and high chair … they probably thought it was a game station. And the adults couldn’t stop taking pictures!!

Super crowded Bridge on the RSS Intrepid

One of the favorite place on the RSS Intrepid for the public … because it’s Airconditioned.

A View of the Typhoon Gun Remote Control Station

We were told the optics on the Typhoon Gun was used to monitor activities of boats in the Gulf of Aden to look suspicious activities.

A view of the bow housing the Vertical Launchers for the Anti-Air Missiles and Main Deck Gun from the Bridge

Awesome view from the bridge looking forward of the bow housing the Vertical Launchers for the Anti-Air Missiles and Main Deck Gun from the Bridge. PSA is in the background.

Next we proceed below decks to take a look at the Wardroom and the CIC. We had to skip the Dining room and Accommodation space due to slower than expected pace of the tour and we had a sunset to catch!

All Rank Wardroom onboard the RSS Intrepid

This is an all ranks wardroom where meetings are conducted and members of the ship can rest and relax … it has game consoles and coffee machine too!

RSS Intrepid - Dare And Do

Here’s the spirit of the RSS Intrepid

Images from the RSS Intrepid counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden

The collection of Images from the RSS Intrepid counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden discribes their action, life and commitment to the safety of International Shipping in the pirate infested Gulf.

We next visited the Combat Information Centre (CIC) … this is where we saw how the ship functions and plays a critical role in naval operations. It’s not open to the public and no pictures were allow … so yeah, you will have to take the word from me that it’s impressive! But I can’t say more :)

Then it’s back to the Helipad at the tail of the RSS Intrepid.

What's everyone looking at? The Sunset Ceremony, Of Course!

What’s everyone looking at?

At around 7.15PM, the sunset ceremony began. This is a naval tradition where all the flags and pennants are lowered to the accompaniment of a bugle call and arms drill. Check out the video of this highlight below (just reload the page if the youtube video does not show up):

Sunset moment onboard RSS Intrepid @ VivoCity Promenade

Sunset moment onboard RSS Intrepid @ VivoCity Promenade

If you are itching to experience what I experienced above, you will have your chance as I understand that another RSN Stealth Frigate will be opening it’s hatches at the Navy Open House 2013 from 16 to 19 May 2013.

Cheers,
James

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