Thursday, 23 July 2015

NDP: Mobile Column segment - Media preview

It's back to work for me and I'm still trying to adjust to work - hoping that I'll be able to settle into the flow of things soon! Anyway, I had the opportunity to attend the media preview of the Mobile Column segment for this year's National Day Parade a couple of Saturdays back (: 

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The Mobile Column segment is a display of the various assets from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). 

A sneak peek!

And for Singapore's Jubilee year this 2015, a total of 177 assets from the SAF, SPF and SCDF would be featured in the Mobile Column segment - which includes crowd favourites such as the Leopard 2SG Battle Tank and the Bionix II Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Furthermore, spectators would be able to see naval assets not featured in previous mobile columns as well (: It's gonna be really spectacular for this year!

We attended a briefing at the start of the media preview event and at the end of it I actually had the chance to ride in one of the army vehicles - which was incredibly cool because I've never been in one before?! Heh. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Cai Dexian, Chairman of Mobile Column Committee

In the midst of interviews

This theme for this year's Mobile Column is "Strength". It's split into 4 parts - "Giving Strength to our Nation", "Strength in Action", "Strength for Our Home" and "From Strength to Strength". It would actually be telling a story of strength, not only through the display of advanced capabilities of the SAF team and Home team but also through the real stories of the people behind these vehicles.

Through this year's Mobile Column, it would start off with paying tribute to SAF's pioneers with Col Goh Lye Choon (pictured below!) riding alongside the Mobile Column Commander at the start of it to the end message of how this strength is to be carried on by the succeeding generations of Singaporeans. 

All in all, I'm definitely excited to catch the Mobile Column segment for this year's NDP and I hope you are too! (: Here are more photos of other vehicles: 

Family bloggers and their lovely kids - they blog over at sengkangbabies heh! (:

And yes, I got to ride in a military vehicle (the Bronco) at the end of the media event!!

This is the vehicle I got a ride in

My view above

A very thrilled me hahaha

Stuck my camera out for a photo along the way

It was quite an experience being in the Bronco - I had to wear a helmet while in it and it was really really heavy hahaha. I'm really glad I got the chance to ride in one of the vehicles and have a taste of how it's like in a real army vehicle. It's really not easy to be in a confined space for long and to be dressed in uniform while in it! Kudos to all the guys who are in the army and serving the nation (or has completed service to the nation)! (: 

Gonna end off my post with a last photo:

Just had to get a shot with the battle tank - how cool is this really!!

I've always loved National Day and I'm definitely proud to call myself a Singaporean; I can't wait to catch the parade this year and celebrate National Day! (: 

Have an awesome week ahead everyone! 

Love, Jo 

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