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    Default 48 SAR - Singapore's first Leopard MBT battalion

    Marking A Milestone With 48 SAR

    Posted: 07 Oct 2008, 1100 hours (Time is GMT +8 hours)

    On 27 September, four Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks (MBT), representing a new era in Armour's speed, manoeuvrability and fire power roared onto Sungei Gedong Camp's parade square. Their dominating presence was a perfect start to the inaugural 1st Company (1st Coy), 48th Singapore Armoured Regiment (48 SAR) Passing Out Parade and Family Day. The parade marked the graduation of our Army's first company of Leopard Crewmen from the Trades Course. The course trains crewmen to be proficient in their individual roles as tank Gunners, Loaders, and Drivers.

    The event also represented a key milestone in the development of the Armour Formation's newest fighting platform as Commanding Officer 48 SAR LTC Ng Chia Yong said, "With today's parade, our Army is one step closer to operationalising the new Leopard. Our commanders worked tirelessly to master the Leopard in double quick time and today, we see the fruit of six months of hard work."


    The men from 1st Coy marching proudly onto the parade square

    As the tanks rolled into the parade square, family members of the crewmen were thoroughly impressed by the sheer might and precise manoeuvres of the vehicles. Mr Freddie Yong, father of tank commander 3SG Jonathan Yong said, "We've seen the SM1s roll in before, but the Leopards are far more impressive due to their larger size and high manoeuvrability." After the parade form up, LTC Ng inspected the parade and presented the Best Trainee Awards. The Best Leopard Driver, PTE Ong Zheng Rong reflected on his exciting experiences with the company thus far. He said, "It really is a thrill to drive a 55-tonne tank even before I can drive a car! I feel very privileged to take part in this defining moment."


    The Leopard's speed and manoeuvrability impressed all who attended the parade


    Brimming with pride, the men from 1st Coy gave their family members a tour of the training facilities after the parade. The visitors climbed through the tank hatches to appreciate the complexities of the new tank. Ng Bin Xiang, brother of PTE Ng Bin Hong said, "I'm enlisting next year and my brother constantly shares with me his experiences in his unit. I am excited to see the Leopard and am impressed by the crew's readiness." It was a also a proud moment for commanders who had spent many long weeks of preparation prior to their men's intake. Officer Commanding, 1st Coy 48 SAR, CPT Matthias Goh shared, "I'm delighted that the first batch of tank crewmen are graduating. We have learnt both about the tank and ourselves as we worked as a team. The next step is to integrate them within the tank and then at the platoon level."

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    DAMN GOOD! My Canadian friend here just joined the armoured corps (The Royal Strathocans) and is hoping to be in Leopard Corps. Damn... now I wanna go into Armour. Say LazerLordz, how do you think MINDEF assigns you to which assignment? Also, what were you during NS?

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    Still a fantastic tank...I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goat89 View Post
    DAMN GOOD! My Canadian friend here just joined the armoured corps (The Royal Strathocans) and is hoping to be in Leopard Corps. Damn... now I wanna go into Armour. Say LazerLordz, how do you think MINDEF assigns you to which assignment? Also, what were you during NS?
    It's that vocational test that you take during pre-enlistment checkup at CMPB that determines partly where you go, alongside security clearance and all that which most of us will never be privy to. Also, your PES status counts as well.

    However, if you're a doctor (overseas degree) or accepted into NUS's medical school, you might end up being a Medical Officer. If you have a diploma in aeronautics or naval engineering, there might be a higher chance that you'll end up in RSAF or RSN.

    It is not something we can predict for sure however. I did my GCE A Levels in the arts stream and ended up being a tech specialist, how's that for irony.

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    Any close up pictures?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by larrystarling View Post
    Any close up pictures?????
    Sadly, that's all for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazerLordz View Post
    Sadly, that's all for now.
    Here you go, Singapore's Leo's

    Edit: Would love to see them in Oz exercising with our M1A1AIM's

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    Last edited by Alfacentori; 03-30-2009 at 01:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfacentori View Post
    Here you go, Singapore's Leo's

    Edit: Would love to see them in Oz exercising with our M1A1AIM's

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    Thanks, I have these. I think Larrystarling was referring to the ones in the article.

    And yeah, I would like to see that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazerLordz View Post
    Thanks, I have these. I think Larrystarling was referring to the ones in the article.

    And yeah, I would like to see that too.
    Damn, was slow on the uptake, but the pics are worth seeing again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfacentori View Post
    Damn, was slow on the uptake, but the pics are worth seeing again

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    Without a doubt, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goat89 View Post
    DAMN GOOD! My Canadian friend here just joined the armoured corps (The Royal Strathocans) and is hoping to be in Leopard Corps. Damn... now I wanna go into Armour. Say LazerLordz, how do you think MINDEF assigns you to which assignment? Also, what were you during NS?

    Just so one of the strats floating across the aether of the web doesn't pull a fit, its The Lord Strathconas Horse(Royal Canadians) or LdSH(RC)
    They get kinda persnickety about it.

    On that note however, well done and congrats to the new crewmen, Welcome to the Armoured.

    Cheers

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