Because of Mindef, a number of of us have been capable of go to the secretive Singapore Naval Diving Unit (NDU) in Sembawang Camp. I’ve heard about their robust coaching however by no means actually see it myself. The go to has made me perceive the pleasure behind them.
The very first thing that we noticed after we was the camp is that this statue. Based on them, the frog represents them. The spear represents the weapon that they use. The wings symbolize that NDU has airborne capabilities. The bomb represents the bomb disposal division. One leg within the sea and the opposite on the land represents that they’re equally succesful within the sea and on land.
From far, the NDU seems like a college compound. Their motto: “Nothing Stands in Our Method”.
Really, the go to is for grassroots leaders. Mindef thought they we (bloggers) could be , and YES, we’re undoubtedly . Our first cease is the auditorium. NDU CO took the time to elucidate to us their unit and missions, from serving to out within the Tsunami in 2004 to the present maritime patrol.
Pool Dynamic Show
Subsequent, we had the prospect to go to the pool the place most of their coaching have been held. We had the glory to look at a pool dynamic show from them.
And the group.
These shows have been based mostly on their precise coaching. One in all their coaching requires the trainee to stay calm within the water even when their arms and legs are bounded. They’re required to submerge themselves to the underside of the pool and kick themselves as much as catch a breath.
Subsequent, below the water, with none respiration equipment, they have been required to carry out a somersault.
Lastly, they have been required to choose up the goggles with their mouth.
Subsequent, an indication of the best way to get better themselves from an assault. This time, one of many 2 ladies from the NDU carried out. An “attacker” got here from the highest and tousled the diving gears.
She has to stay calm and put again her goggles and modify again the gear.
Subsequent, one other assault situation. This time, it’s extra extreme. The air tank has been stripped from the again and all of the changes tampered.
Once more, in such a state of affairs, the individual has to maintain his cool and put again every little thing.
The subsequent show confirmed off their diving gears and weapon.
Following that, the demolition group. They’re demonstration how they detonate a bomb underwater.
Here’s a demonstration when the bomb must be shifted to a greater location.
Activating the floatation gadget.
As soon as it begins to drift, the diver will transfer away.
After the show, we have been capable of meet these concerned within the show.
Clearly, a few of them weren’t used to the limelight (everyone seems to be taking footage of/with them).
Poster boys from the NDU.
Just a few fast pictures across the pool.
Subsequent, we have been ushered to a coaching shed for some briefing. Sure, there was a journey on the RHIBS (Inflexible-hulled inflatable boats).
Prepping the RHIBs.
Right here is my ticket.
The velocity is round 80km/hr on the boat. It might appears sluggish if this velocity is on the highway. Nevertheless, when you’re on the RHIBS standing with only a seat belt, the sensation is unquestionably totally different.
A gaggle shot.
A coaching facility on the jetty.
That is the perfect half when the boat make a flip.
The Singapore flag flying in opposition to the wind.
One other group after the unbelievable journey.
Here’s a video on the RHIBS journey
After the journey, we went to their air-conditioned indoor capturing vary. Take a look at the gear utilized by the NDU throughout their operations.
Aspect Scan Sonar
It’s utilizing sonar to detect objects within the sea.
That is truly a business merchandise.
The GPS unit.
The management unit.
Divator MK II
Stealth EOD Shut Circuit Blended Fuel Diving Set
That is one thing you don’t see on regular troopers.
Shut up of the dagger.
Full Vary Oxygen Fuel System (FROGS)
EOD Distant Automobile Talon
The mind behind the car.
Shut up of the controller.
RE-70 De-armer Disruptor
This weapon has a variety of solely 15m. Nevertheless, it’s highly effective sufficient to destroy IED and and so forth. A few of its ammunition is one thing you may not think about, Water!!
This are the ammunition.
The whole lot may be put into the compact suitcase.
Moveable Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (The Eye)
The subsequent gear that was on show is The Eye. I believe that is extra of a pastime than an precise navy gear. Nonetheless, it nonetheless helps the NDU scale back accidents by sending out this drone as an alternative of the lads.
Shut up of The Eye
With that, it concludes the go to. Here’s a group shot earlier than we depart.