SINGAPORE – The cell column, a drive-past of navy autos and belongings, might be scaled down for this yr’s Nationwide Day Parade, with 66 belongings from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Civil Defence Drive (SCDF) and the Singapore Police Drive (SPF) on show.
There might be 22 various kinds of gear rumbling by means of 5 routes because the cell column makes its approach into the heartland for the second yr in a row.
This contains the group favorite Leopard 2SG major battle tank and the SPF’s new, next-generation quick response automobile.
The cell column in final yr’s NDP featured 79 kinds of gear and a complete of 171 belongings.
Every of the 5 routes for this yr – within the north, south, west, north-east and south-east areas of Singapore – will function 13 or 14 belongings and 60 to 70 members, together with the cell column crew. About 100 front-line staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic and important staff may also be aboard the autos.
The routes will cowl a complete distance of about 200km, the longest distance lined by a cell column within the heartland thus far. Final yr’s routes totalled 133km and the earlier one in 2010 totalled 80km.
“The NDP cell column is a show of our nation’s energy and unity. It’s a perennial Singaporean favorite,” mentioned Lieutenant-Colonel Low Youwen, chairman of the cell column committee, at a media briefing on Saturday (Aug 1).
He mentioned the purpose was to convey the cell column to as many residential areas as attainable so viewers can expertise it safely from their houses.
Lt-Col Low mentioned the NDP organisers have adopted protected administration measures to make sure the cell column phase of the parade is carried out safely, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added that the cell column may also salute healthcare staff because it travels previous a number of key places.
These embrace Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Sengkang Basic Hospital, Ng Teng Fong Basic Hospital and the group isolation facility at Singapore Expo.
One of many crew members collaborating within the cell column this yr is Captain Eastina Tan, 29, who’s the formation liaison officer for the Terrex infantry service platform.
The SAF common, who’s collaborating within the NDP for the second time, mentioned honouring healthcare staff on the entrance line as a part of the cell column might be particularly significant for her, as her mom is a nurse with the Methodist Welfare Society who continued to take care of sufferers throughout the circuit breaker interval.
Cpt Tan mentioned the drive-past and salute can pay tribute to the perseverance and dedication of front-line staff throughout the pandemic.
One other serviceman collaborating is Cpt Syafiq Mohd Abdul Muhaimin Ong, 25, an SCDF common who has been deployed to the command centre of a authorities quarantine facility to assist with administrative and logistical work.
He might be a car commander for one of many SCDF’s fifth-generation Pump Ladder fireplace engines within the cell column.
“This NDP is not only a tribute to our front-line fighters, but in addition a celebration of Singaporeans’ resilience, adaptability and compassion,” mentioned Cpt Syafiq.
Station Inspector Jacky Kwan, 38, might be a car commander for the one asset to make its NDP debut this yr, the SPF’s next-generation quick response automobile.
The brand new police dispatch car is being rolled out progressively, with new methods and options to assist floor response officers like him reply shortly to 999 calls.
Station Insp Kwan, who’s collaborating within the NDP for the primary time, will drive previous his personal neighbourhood within the Whampoa space on his designated route.
He added that his son and daughter, aged seven and 5 respectively, are trying ahead to cheering him on.
The cell column will journey by means of Singapore from 10am to 1pm on Nationwide Day, after the morning parade on the Padang.
It is going to even be broadcast stay on free-to-air TV channels and the NDPeeps YouTube channel.
— to www.straitstimes.com