You know it must be FUN when Boon Yee and Boon Xin are trying to stop the Red Truck !
Daddy told us the “ang3 chia1″ (literally Red car) was primary used to suppress riots. On the news, we have seen water cannon (not your usual shower head) and stinging cocktails deployed to disperse rioters or crowd. No one is getting pepper spray wet today :p
Normally, it is not FUN to be stopped by Traffic police (TP), but last Sunday, kids were happily posing with TP’s mean machines !
Daddy is proud to announce that we did not receive any summon during last weekend’s Home Team Festival.
And many families were eager to get up close with the favourite elusive Volvo, and best of all, Home Team Festival was Free !
2013 is Home Team’s inaugural open house, and the theme was “Safe Home, Our Secure Nation”.
Nearer to our home, we wonder how CCTV can help keep our neighbourhood safer.
Nope, Singapore has strict gun laws (unlike United states), Daddy told us we do not need to buy pump gun at Walmart. The only pistol/gun/rifles we have do not need ammunition, we just need water.
Kids has an opportunity to steer a patrol vessel too, although Boon Xin was attempting a donut (drift).
We are telling you the Home Team’s showroom is more happening then those along Ubi or Leng Kee ! Our rides come in black or red, and some are even armour plated !
No wonder Boon Xin is smiling so broadly
Boon Yee tried to enrolled for Sengkang’s Police vigilante group. Daddy told him he must grow more muscle to wield the shield and baton first.
Boon Xin was more interested in her light sabre (KL Kidzania has one identical rod)
Kids always look adorable when they are riding over-sized Yamahas or Red-Scorpions !
We saw the mini me “truck” roll off from a Hazmat truck during 2013 NDP. Pretty cool.
We have not seen this armed truck before, it belongs to the fierce Gurkha unit.
Even Riot police are not exempted from ERP haha
Police van and prison bus on display too. Cool.
Other activities spotted at the festival. The rock wall is intimidating, and where is K9 canine?
Besides the vehicles, Daddy suspects Family section is the next most popular with kids.
Kids get to wear their favourite Police or Fireman uniforms. At another corner, they can be CSI (forensic) or CID detectives too !
Kiddy rides in Police patrol or Fireman’s jeep. Too cool !
To garner a smile from the kids, this ride is worth the 30 or 40 minutes queue.
We always reinforce the importance of “Look Right, Look Left”.
Video – Home Team Festival is too cool ! Catch Boon Yee attempts to conquer the “endless ladder”
We love SAF’s open-houses (be it Air Force, Navy or Army), and this is our first Home Team Open house. Judging by the non-stop high beam and horning at the Vehicle gallery, we suspect kids (and families) are shouting for an encore
Great Work organisers! We hope to attend more Home Team open houses in the near future.
It would be cool if organisers can build a prison cell for future open house. Show the kids why it is miserable to lose their freedom.
Daddy knew it would be tough to ballot for a cruise on one of the battleships, so we headed for the the Navy’s Endurance class platform. Imagine swimming three laps of 50m and you get an idea of the Singapore Navy’s largest vessel. A Chinook can even land on the 141m vessel’s helipad!
Endurance weighs 6500 ton, but needs only a crew of 65, this is only possible with a hugh amount of automation.
Nice view from the cabin!
Did you know that Endurance (207) was the first LST (Landing Ship Tank) to reach Meulaboh after the 2004 earthquake Tsunami? SengkangBabies are extremely proud of 207′s dedication !
On every vessel which we inspected, we always found loving “family” photos. From weddings to newborns, to holidays port-calls, we see how Navy family celebrate everything together.
More importantly, the Navy family donated money, blood and provided moral support when their comrade Mr Jason Chee was seriously hurt. Kudos to the Navy !
Back to serious business. We simulated a intruder-alert in the war room, and very soon, Boon Wee dispatch a Seahawk to dip the sonar. (the 0930 Dynamic display audience did not know about SengkangBabies’ involvement :p )
R&R time, how do Navy personal spend their free time on board? Watch TV, surf internet, or sleep? Kids ask where is the buffet counter, hello this is Endurance, not Star Cruise :p
Daddy show the boys something which Star Cruise does not have. FCU (Fast Craft utility) rides !
Must watch Video : This FCU ride is our best experience !
This is our 2nd FCU experience, the 1st one was during 2012′s Army Open House
After we disembark from the LST, we head to the Family tent for more Fun.
More cute standees for Boon Kang.
From all the ships, you will not miss the steep and narrow stairways ! In rough weather, non-seaman would struggle to stand still without swaying, imagine how our Navy friends descend the flight of stairway !
Another observation, fire extinguishers and suppression system are everywhere. When a fire breakout on a vessel, it must be contained, period. On land, people can run from a building, but how do you ditch a vessel? The passageway is narrow, stairs are steep. In an emergency, everyone is a fireman.
There are six submarines in 171 Squadron. One of the challengers decided to get a suntan. From the modeling kits, we realised the Archer family is longer than the Challenger.
We say Ahoy to Intrepid again, we met her at Vivocity earlier in Apr. This time round, we got to board the Frigate.
Seeing the pots of aster in-front of us, Boon Kang got an itch to arm and discharge a few salvos ! Daddy told him to sign on Navy in 10 years.
Note to Open house coordinators, please do not let Mao Shan Wang be the exclusive ice cream again. Kids want the normal cornetto ice cream, and besides, not all foreigners appreciate the pungent fruit haha.
At 1430, we got ready for the Dynamic Show.
We witness how Navy and other operatives integrate to hammer the pirates.
Daddy hopes the next Navy Open House will feature an Archer surfacing infront of the spectators (something like this Dutch Sub blowing). If budget permits, maybe add some fireworks or pyrotechnics for the effects :p
Daddy show us the difference between Missile corvette and Frigate. Daddy say Missile corvette has a remote aeroplane at the rear (bow).
Lastly, we boarded Navy’s minesweeper. The Bedok family (Bedok, Katong, Punggol and Katong) are tasked with keeping Singapore’s sea-lanes free of mines.
Boon Wee ask whether there is a vessel christened Sengkang?
Kids try to engage their Typhoon on another target. Fortunately, there are “Do Not Touch” reminders for the kids.
We found out that “Head” refers to toilet in Navy lingo on board the Bedok. There is a warning on the toilet door indicating “All Heads out-of-bound during Mine Hunting !”
Video : Other NOH activities
Navy Open House is only possible with the dedication and sacrifices of our Navy folks. While we enjoy the rides, exhibits and experience, Navy family have to sacrifice their own family time. We can only imagine the planners’ logistics and security nightmares.
Thank you Singapore Navy, for another exiting weekend ! Boon Wee and Boon Kang are seriously consider signing on.
Have you seen our FCU video already, you should bring your kids for a fun ride at the next open house. As usual, more Navy Open Housephotos are uploaded on our Fanpage.
Good news, Navy Open House (NOH) is happening this weekend. We guys just love Guns and Missile stuffs, and our boys are looking towards some excitement after their exams.
Daddy was invited to NOH preview last week at Changi Naval Base (CNB). Even before we start our tour, we felt welcome by the Navy family.
First stop, “Mission Zone”
The models gave us a glance of Navy’s toys assets. We get a better understanding of why we need to protect our sea lanes.
Grace with our friendly host, and Navy’s array of Missiles and Torpedos.
Daddy and Hong Peng prep for operations. Daddy doubt we will be smiling when we are facing pirates at Gulf of Aden. Singapore Navy participates actively in humanitarian efforts too.
In every SAF open house, Dynamic Display is always a blockbuster attraction. You get to witness the combined arms working together. Add flare, gunpowder, handsome frogmen (for the ladies) and awful lot of explosions for the effect!
Cover your ears as the Typhoon gun (foreground) is VERY Loud.
With Seahawk’s sonar and Chinook’s Divers, Singapore Navy quickly pinpoints the enemy’s coordinates. Well drilled processes zoom in on the intruders, before deadly Harpoons or Torpedos were dispatched.
The show ends with Divers boarding a hijacked vessel. Can you imagine climbing up three storeys up the ladder (of hostile vessels) in rough sea condition?
The elite divers, with two Uncles Daddies.
Dynamic display timing :
- 0930 and 1430 (18 May)
- 1030 and 1430 (19 May)
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Live the Action ! We follow Kelvin towards RSS Vengeance from 188. Our corvettes’ Harpoons mean business.
Close quarter living condition on a vessel. We heard crew have to eat standing on the corridors.
We bid Changi Naval Base farewell and embark on our cruise to nowhere.
With the advance technology onboard, Nathan (Edmund’s son) charted a path to South China Sea Marina Bay Sands.
Come this weekend, those with kids will understand why the control-room is a Cool childcare centre too :p
On the vessels, military buffs will be able to polish the GPMG, Mistral AA or the Oto 76mm.
Our Corvette was able to travel at a top speed of 30knots (about 50kmh), and the WINDY condition explains why our hair is slightly messy.
Everyone gave Two thumbs up at the end of our cruise !
(Credit Hong Peng)
When you pop by CNB this Sat and Sun, go ballot for a one-hour ride on the boats, be it anti-Mine vessel, Corvettes or the Patrol Vessels. Duck tours and Fast Craft Utility (AOH 2012) rides do not need balloting and are more suitable for younger kids.
The boat ride timings are : 1130, 1300, 1530, 1630 and 1730.
Sorry, Submarines are still out of bound :p
(credit Navy Fanpage)
Here for Imdex, we heard a few foreign warships will be opening their doors to visitors too. Australia, India, Indonesia, Thailand and US vessels will be playing host too. USS Freedom (Littoral combat ships) looks interesting. Too bad USS Independence is not available in Singapore.
After our boat ride, Jerome climbed the ladder at “Experience Zone” to shoot some blanks
Queues are expected for this station. You can shoot real pellets into the milk-tins !
We witness an operating table, and Daddy thought the real doctor and staff nurse are “actors”. Those interested in “ER” can cosplay as Doctors and perform a procedure too.
Daddy beaming broadly next to the Archer-class subs, we cannot go any nearer.
Fortunately, Navy has a mockup of a submarine. You can even try hot-bunking, where are the 9 torpedo tubes?
Hong Peng getting a feel of his future mistress “Ultimax 100 (Saw)”.
Old birds like Daddy head straight for the biggest gun, GPMG. He miss the recoil !
Video : Do not mess with Grace and her GPMG !
Last stop “One SAF Static display”. The Navy, Army and Airforce display their hardware, SAF is about integration between the three services.
Navy- All types of boats await, from small to big, from RPL (remember Tekong?) to assault boats.
Daddy got an opportunity to zoom around Sembawang basin on the RGIB (top right) when he visited the Divers Unit. Awesome experience, but it is not available for rides in NOH 2013. Where is our Protector hiding?
We did not venture into “Family and Fun Zone”, but you can expect kids to roleplay as Naval officers.
There will be so many action stations this weekend, we are recommending you to pop by NOH’s app to plan your own itinerary.
We would like to shout Thank You to all the Navy personal who hosted us during our preview, we got to witness the close bonding between sailors.
Video : Navy as a career anyone? Daddy still remember their old tagline “The Sun, the Sand, and the Sea”
More information about Navy Open House 2013 :
- Navy Fanpage for latest updates (eg wet weather will stop the cruises)
- NOH sails on 18 and 19 May, from 0900 to 1900
** the only way to access NOH is via shuttle bus services (from Expo Hall 3, 0830 onwards)
** it is very Hot, suntan lotion and water parade is a must
- security screening is very strict, do not bring unnecessary baggage
- Ladies no skirts or dress, enjoy the climbs but do not expose your underwear
- if you are boarding the vessels, do not wear sandals
- to truly experience the open house, we recommend a 1/2 day tour
- if there is one must-do item, go ballot for the boat rides, and savour the experience (kids must be above 90cm)
We do not need to witness the awesome armament (the Oto, Harpoon, the Aster system) to be impressed. We know this vessel is equipped to deal with threats from the sky, out of sight enemy vessels, and even underwater threats.
When Daddy told us something about Stealth radar-absorbing technology the Intrepid looks like a sampan on someone’s radar, we did not believe him. How can a 114m vessel be a sampan !
We wonder how Formidable-class frigates are manned by 70 plus crew only ?
Anyway, Daddy brought us to role-play as Naval officers today. Kids always look so adorable in smart uniforms
Salute, Aye Aye Sir !
We even managed to wrestle with our elite Naval diver. Daddy noticed he was sweating buckets under his wetsuit ! Although divers undergo tough trainings, he was happily subdued by little kids today haha
If one Frigate can generate so much interest, we are absolutely looking forward to Navy’s open house in May !
The Navy booth opens at 1000, and tickets to board the vessels are limited and first come first serve.
But we believe you will enjoy the experience even without boarding the vessel