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.
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
The Heavy Fire Vessel (HFV 821)/Red Sailfish
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 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 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
MAJ Seth Wong, Commander Brani Marine Fire Station
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
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
“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.