Saturday, July 02, 2005

Of Men and Machine

I was in town on Saturday to photograph scenes from the NDP 2005 rehearsals. What so different about it this year is that it is held at the Padang, in front of the steps of the Supreme Court and City Hall. It's held here once every five years. And two things I'm quite excited about are the mobile column of military/police/civil defence hardware as well as the fly past.

I tried to get as close to the Padang as possible but was held back by the endless cordons and army personnel blocking off all routes there. So, I could not get close to the parade venue. However, the surrounding roads were abuzz with moving people, contingents, security personnel, tanks and trucks forming up. I caught some of the action....

(click on the images to enlarge)

Gurkhas as well as the Police armed with mp5s and shot guns creating a security seal around the Raffles City Shopping centre. Mainly due to the IOC coming to town.

Rover with the "top down", part of the mobile column.

Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicles forming up along Nicoll Highway, waiting for the signal to roll in.

Soldiers look on as these green armoured beasts (SM1 tanks) spew thick black smoke.

These Airmen walking to the parade form up area make up the Airforce supporting contingent.
They wield the new SAR21 rifle

Many young boys dream of being fire men; Civil Denfence fire fighters on the way to the parade form up area.

Do Re Me Fa; these four kiddos took over my seat as soon as I got off.. %$&#@

The state flag being flown by a formation of Chinooks as the National Anthem plays after the arrival of the President.

The Flypast; clockwise from top left,
1. The KC-135 Strato-tanker air to air refueling plane is flanked by four ageing F5-E Tigers,
2. A C-130 Hercules is flanked by an E2-C airborne early warning plane on the left and a Fokker on the right,
3. Three F-16 Fighting Falcons thunder across the skies,
4. A Super Puma Helicopter trailing red smoke as it appears to be "checking in" at the Swissotel

The armoured column rumbles past the crowd on the Esplanade Bridge

Armoured JAM; Not even these guys are spared the traffic jam.. tsk tsk

Will be covering more from the padang/city area in the next few weeks.. do stay tuned!


At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats not a rover....
its a jeep

At 4:06 AM, Blogger squawks said...

Was here while blog surfing. Nice pictures though.

At 4:32 AM, Blogger siyang said...

anon: oh yeah, my mistake.. it's jeep... JEEP!

squawk: thanks :)

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Barffie said...

Heh I caught it at Marina South for 2 weekends and saw up close, the single F16 jet doing some tricks... My bf was like, "WAH GOT AFTER BURNER ONE SOME MORE!!!" Hur hur.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Riccardo Tan said...

I was in the air force marching contigent but fortunately was not in the picture you too (I think my face is blocked). Just look at the stern faces of our air force guys.... ha ha, we have to be stern since we were quickly rushed to the parade ground right after a KFC dinner. Felt like puking while walking to the Padang...

You know what? Just put together a few pictures here and there and the whole singapore will start to look like its mobilised for WAR!!!

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Linus said...

Yeah I'm stuck at the carpark @ one Raffles Link ... drop by and visit if you are in the area, cos i'm like damn bored guiding traffic!

Saw most of the parade upfront at the Padang last week as I was on Padang guard duty, if you are looking 2 add some pics of the GUARDS protecting the Padang, let me know ; )

At 4:29 AM, Blogger siyang said...

barffie: u know la..typical guy talk, these things amaze and amuse us..

Riccardo: "fortunately was not in the picture you too" ???? fortunately? haha.. i have a few more shots of the air force guys walking past.. do u wanna see them? maybe ur in it

Linus: i want to take pictures of the GUARDS in the those at the carpark... hehe


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