Meet the SCDF Commander Behind the Maritime Sailpast

August 10, 2020

For the first time since our nation’s independence, the National Day Parade (NDP) was held virtually across the island, as the nation unites in our fight against COVID-19.


One of the highlights of this year’s NDP was the Maritime Sailpast where the Life Saving Force showcased three of its marine firefighting vessels. Two of these vessels, the Heavy Fire Vessel (Red Sailfish) and the Heavy Rescue Vessel (Red Manta), were commissioned on 20 August last year, marking a giant leap in our operational capability in maritime firefighting.


The Heavy Fire Vessel (HFV 821)/Red Sailfish at seaThe Heavy Fire Vessel (HFV 821)/Red Sailfish  at sea


The Red Sailfish (HFV 821) is the flagship vessel in SCDF’s fleet. It is the most powerful firefighting vessel in the world with 12 water monitors, purpose-built for intense firefighting operations.



The Heavy Rescue Vessel (HRV 821)/Red MantaThe Heavy Rescue Vessel (HRV 821)/Red Manta


The Red Manta (HRV 821) is designed for rescue and mass evacuations of more than 300 persons. It is also fully equipped with medical treatment facilities and decontamination rooms for managing hazardous materials (HazMat) incidents.



The Regular Fire Vessel (RFV 821)The Rapid Response Fire Vessel (RFV 821)







Last but not least, the White Swordfish (RFV 821) is our latest rapid response fire vessel. It is a 2nd generation vessel, with innovative improvements such as its enhanced rescue capability for shallow waters. The vessel’s powerful water-jet propulsion also enables it to respond quickly and effectively to ship fires. It signifies the evolution of SCDF’s capability through innovation.




MAJ Seth Wong, Commander Brani Marine Fire StationMAJ Seth Wong, Commander Brani Marine Fire Station


“Abiding by the COVID-19 safe distancing guidelines, a lot of planning and coordination work was carried out via telecommunication platforms,” said MAJ Seth Wong, Commander Brani Marine Fire Station, the officer-in-charge of SCDF’s involvement in the Maritime Sailpast for this year’s NDP.


“I find this mode of communication equally effective and time-efficient. In fact, we have accepted this as a new norm. Nonetheless, I must say that I miss the personal touch of face-to-face interactions.”


According to MAJ Wong, the best part of the Maritime Sailpast was the moment when our officers perform their salutes as the marine firefighting vessels sailed past the Singapore skyline.


“The salute segment was truly a proud moment for SCDF’s Marine Division as it marked our critical role in safeguarding Singapore’s waters as well as the progress of our maritime transformation journey,” said MAJ Wong.


SCDF Marine officers controlling the vessel from the command room.SCDF Marine officers controlling the vessel from the command room.