One of the downsides of being a FTWM is missing out on a fair bit of fun activities I can bring the kids to on weekdays. But when an interesting invite to have a fun day out at Changi Naval Base came in, I thought it was an excellent eye-opener opportunity for the kids and took a day off for it. Alas I could only bring the cub with me as the event was on solo-parent week. Even the husb was a lil’ sore to miss out on this!
Started off with a guided tour of the Navy Museum.
The Navy vessels “make friends” when they call on different ports in the world. Interestingly, the new friends would exchange plaques and/or gifts and we got to browse them at the Navy Museum!
Along the way, we learned more about the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief function that the Navy does as well. Operation Flying Eagle was conducted to provide assistance and relief to the victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
The cub got to try out some simulation games which he was terrible at, by the way! Still too young, I suppose.
Thought of the sharks in Finding Nemo when we saw this mine!
(Told ya I’m a cartoon fan!)
At this gallery, we got to see the equipments used to detect and remove mines underwater.
Intrigued with the vessel models
When I asked if he wants to go see the real thing, he would say okay but insists that he will not sit on the boat. That’s my scaredy-cat son alright.
Besides learning about the various types of uniforms, the kids got to try on mini-sized Navy uniforms. The kids all looked so cute in them! Pity my son wasn’t too keen.
More fiddling with the exhibits at the Outdoor Gallery
Highlight of this visit – the sending of RSS Tenacious
Cub was thrilled to see a (Seahawk naval) helicopter!
The RSS Tenacious is deployed for a three-month mission to the Gulf of Aden as part of Singapore’s contribution to international counter piracy efforts in the area.
As a mom myself, I found it hard to watch the parents bid their sons goodbye, the wives and kids saying goodbye to their husbands and dads. Overheard some mothers telling their babies/kids to wave to their dads, and that they will see Daddy only three months later made my heart ache. Definitely not easy on the men and women deployed on missions, and made me more appreciative of the work that they do.
Finally we went on a windshield tour around the naval base.
Saw more vessels
..and submarines. SO COOL.
Got to see the Swift Rescue, which was used recently to help in the search for MH370.
A group picture to end the visit!
I must say, I was thoroughly impressed with how hospitable and thoughtful our hosts are, including the men. The visit was most fun and enriching. So glad I took the day off to bring the cub there!
There are plenty more in the Navy Museum that I didn’t cover here in this post. So for anyone interested to visit the museum themselves,
9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday)
9am to 3pm (Saturday)
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays
112 Tanah Merah Coast Road
Outside Changi Naval Base (Next to SAF Yacht Club)
Telephone – 6544 5147
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission is free! Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more people. Please contact them prior to your visit for arrangements!
You can also send words of encouragement to spur the men and women onboard the RSS Tenacious here:
Find out more about the Republic of Singapre Navy on their Facebook Page.