Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Good for something


I've always told my non-NS or foreign friends that the Singapore Armed Forces are good at organising stuff, and they're doing a sterling job at the moment at tsunami disaster sites in Thailand and Indonesia. Of course, if you've watched the news, so are the armed forces of the US and Australia. The Bronco ATTC (All-Terrain Tracked Carrier) was launched by Singapore Technologies in 2000, and my Army unit's been using it for various roles, like field ambulance and support vehicle to our armoured infantry combat team, but my fellow troopers and I have always wondered about the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a such a lumbering automobile with a thin non-armour plated skin. Now, at least, it seems to have met its purpose. This ugly thing is probably one of the few vehicles that can carry people and supplies over debris-strewn areas and damaged roads, and the Navy's RSS Persistance & RSS Endurance are carrying dozens of these to Meulaboh in Sumatra. Onya Singapore Technologies, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Republic of Singapore Navy, Singapore Civil Defence Force, SAF Medical Corps, Singapore Combat Engineers. Don't say I never say you good. COE drop liao, but road tax still high for these babies
iTunes' party shuffle is playing a copy of: You Can Depend on Me - KD Lang/Tony Bennett - A Wonderful World, of which I have the original CD and therefore didn't steal music.


3 Comments:

Blogger littlecartnoodles said...

I am one such never-go-army-before person.

Although my got-go-army-before friends like to bitch about incompetent scholar/occifers, ridicule the effectiveness of the SAF and doubt its capabilities, somehow I know that when it comes to the crunch, our boys and gals will deliver.

The chap-chye-png helicopter delivery pic in the previous post was very inspiring.

1/05/2005 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Mr Miyagi said...

Me and my platoon mates had a chat during in-camp about whether we'd cut it during operations, and surprisingly, we all thought we would, despite our frequent cockupedness. Then again, we're an NS (reservist) unit, so we don't bitch about our occifers that much (we just help them out when they cock up, because at the end of the day we just want to go home before the end of the day). Rest assured, Sgt Foreskin, Cpl Dilbert, the Ah Beng troopers/hostage negotiators and the rest of Bravo Company, 433rd Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment, will keep you safe. Pity we're not trained in rescue/salvage. Else a lot of us would've volunteered.

1/05/2005 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger littlecartnoodles said...

"Rest assured ... you're safe."

This reminds me of the Jay Leno show that was screened over the weekend. In that episode, the entire studio audience was made up of US military service personnel.

Leno : "You know, why did we make our audience go through security ? They ARE our security !"

1/05/2005 10:47:00 AM  

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