NDP 2019 Mobile Column form up at Suntec

NDP 2019 Mobile Column form up outside Suntec City. This will happen every Saturday until 09 Aug Singapore’s National Day.

And the best place to grab a selfie would be right at this junction.

NDP 2019 Mobile Column
NDP 2019 Mobile Column

Traditionally, Mobile Column only occurs once every 5 years. But 2019 being Singapore’s bicentennial celebration, NDP 2019 Mobile Column is happening one year in advance.

NDP 2019 road closures
NDP 2019 road closures

Nicoll Highway would be their staging area, before the tanks and vehicles roll to Padang main stage.

One of the most convenient spots to watch the drive through would be at Esplanade MRT Exit A (Suntec City).

I thought these kids had the best seats for NDP 2019 Mobile Column (at Suntec City). Imagine the thrill as the tanks roar to life, and thunderous F15 flying overhead.

Best spot to watch NDP Mobile Column rehearsals
Best spot to watch NDP 2019 Mobile Column rehearsals

If you want to impress the kids, memorise the vehicles (link here). There are a total of 171 vehicles (and missile arsenel)!

Image credit ndp.org.sg

Let us share more photos of the vehicles from Armed Forces and HomeTeam. Take note these photos are not in order.

Terrex

Singapore Army Hunter
Singapore Army Hunter

The new Hunter. This ride is fully digital, guns and missiles can be fired without the crew exposing themselves. The Hunter is much bigger that the Bionix (not in picture).

The foreground flowers seem to camouflage the Leopards.

This uncle could be one of the pioneer tankee from Merdeka generation 🙂 

Once you see the chinooks with the National flag, this is the cue for the vehicles to rolloff.

Belrex towing scout bikes.

Light Strike vehicles, only the Guards can play with this buggy.

Himars always look so docile, but packs a devastating payload.

Pegasus howitzer

Are these the radar trucks? Too many configurations.

Airbus A330 refuel tanker escorted by F15s. They replace the old KC-135.

This should be the harpoon.

Is this Aster 15 or 30?

Navy seems to bring out all their toys.

Navy divers on their RGIB.

Remote controlled Protector keeps our sea lanes safe.

My bike infront of the Navy special craft. Normally, the boat is very stealthy.

Bridge (M3G) under a bridge.

Heavy duty tow truck. Who call for Bob the builder? On a serious note, this monster will clear a path for others!

Advance and Overcome!

TP has many variants too.

There are many more HomeTeam vehicles(ambulances, police petrols, fire engines etc), a pity I had to rush home.

Hope to bring the kiddos back for more NDP 2019 Mobile Column vehicular actions.

Nicoll highway was still closed as I cycled home.

In case you are interested, you can follow my rough Google Map (URL) to cycle from Sengkang to Nicoll highway. It took me 1 hour through PCN (Park Connectors).

If your kids love army or HomeTeam actions, they will be thrilled by NDP 2019 Mobile Column.

For the rehearsal,  I would recommend that you arrive at around 6pm (or earlier for good spot). Be prepared to stay for up to 1 hour. The vehicles will move off around 1845 during rehearsals.

Do pop by our previous NDP Mobile Column photos and blog posts :
NDP 2019 Preview
2015 NDP Mobile Column
2010 post (still on old blog)

*Our previous NDP are documented here http://sengkangbabies.com/tag/ndp

NDP Mobile Column 2015

We were invited to a sneak preview of 2015 NDP mobile column. The Mobile Column only appears once every 5 years, we are familiar with the usual Leopards, Bionix, Broncos and SCDF Home Team vehicles.

But we were happy to chat and learn more about the folks behind the NDP Mobile Column.
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Everyone was super friendly at NDP mobile column holding area.
Hello to SCDF team from Sengkang Fire Station, and their new Rhino.
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Captain Celestia and the six-years old commando-wannabe. She is the commander of the impressive Leopard 2 Armoured Engineer Vehicle (L2-AEV). Tasked to clear obstacles, Captain Celestia and crew will be at the frontline during any confrontations.
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CEV with fellow Nuffnang bloggers Jonathan (@jhwphay) and Jocina (Madeline not in picture).
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Major Cai, CO 48SAR (Singapore Armour Regiment), is the man running the Mobile Column. Kids got a bit too friendly with this macho CO.
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It was interesting to wave to the crowds standing by the road side and overhead. Cars slow down to watch the convoy lumber along. Last Sat, we were part of the convoy 🙂
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Kids always love the Rhino (upsize)
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Boon Wee trying to grab a K-STER (mine disposal system).
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Kids always look small standing next to the Leopard platforms.
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Friendly ME1 Koh showing us how to load the stretcher with a winch. We heard this Ford ambulance has better suspension, thus better off-road handling than its predecessor. Lifesaving equipments (AED etc) are now kept inside the ambulance.
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After a while, they wanted to know who is the driver or guardian of the mean-looking ride. Boys were intimidated by the Gurkha and they nominated Boon Xin to ask!
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His Armoured Personnel Carrier will surely attract a lot of attention in our neighbourhood carpark. Mind you, this Austrian build vehicle weighs 12 tons!
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The highlight of our tour is the convoy itself! Media group was invited to hitch a ride on Leopard, Bionix, Terrex or Bronco along the convoy route!

Hello Bionix! This is 1.4 to 1.9, rollout!
Not so fast, we need to get a safety briefing first, and vehicle-overturn drill too.
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I told Boon Wee where I used to sleep (body maintenance) during outfield exercise. (I was a gunner with 41 SAR). Armour troopers can steal a few winks when vehicles are moving but Daddy gunners had more luxury :p

Hello to the two drivers in the fourth Bionix (John and John), both NSF are in their first year with 48SAR.
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Staging area at Nicoll Highway outside Suntec city. From here, the convoy will make a loop around Padang.
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Video : NDP Mobile Column from Kallang Leisure Dome to Suntec City

A pity only those above 1.5m can go for the convoy, as smaller kids might not fit the helmets (Safety Reason).
But Boon Xin got the honour of pushing the 21 tons PRV (Protected Response Vehicle)!
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The rumbling vehicles have attracted a crowd at Suntec City.
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Nothing is left to chances, low-loaders move the heavy vehicles overnight from camps to Leisure Dome carpark while we are still sleeping. There are spare vehicles to ensure there is no show-stopper.
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The full NDP Mobile Column details can be found on NDP 2015 website. The Navy’s Specialised Marine Craft will be a sight to behold. It looks so sleek and futuristic! (Click for RSN video)

Try to identify all the vehicles from the poster.
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2015 NDP Mobile Column is 2km long, consisting of 177 vehicles, and needs 15 mins to pass through.
I think we can understand why Mobile Column only appears once every 5 years. It is a huge logistical undertaking to bring all the vehicles to city center. The tight timelines, support crew and multiple road closures.

Thank you for the invite, SAF. It was a fun session for the kids to get up close with the vehicles (and crew).
They call the convoy a “joy ride” but someone needs to ensure everything runs like clockwork. Countless rehearsals under the hot sun. Burnt weekends. All for Singapore’s Jubilee year!

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album.
Visit our 2010 Mobile Column experience here.

* All our NDP 2015 events can be found under #NDP2015 (NE3, Mobile Column, NDP Funpacks)

** Thank you to Accord for the invite