SINGAPORE - It’s ship ahoy at VivoCity this week with an exhibit and interactive display on life in the navy that even includes the chance to step on board a real vessel.
The event, which starts on Thursday (Nov 9), is celebrating the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) 50th anniversary.
RSN50@Vivo as it is called, features a main exhibit area at the mall atrium that includes simulation rides and activities that will allow visitors to role-play a day in the life of a sailor as well as lots of interactive activities for kids.
You can also view navy equipment and weapons, as well as a gallery with photos and details of 50 years of naval history.
The main attraction will likely be the frigate RSS Intrepid that is docked in the waters along the promenade flanking the mall. There is also a fast-craft utility ride available.
Military Expert 7 (ME7)Keith Lim, the organising chairman of RSN50@Vivo, said: “This caps our golden jubilee celebrations so we are very happy to be here.”
Mr Ong Ye Kung, the Second Minister for Defence, opened the exhibit yesterday for navy families and the media.
Mr Tong Yee, a member of the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (Accord), who was present at the launch, said: “For me, there’s been a new found respect for what the navy does for Singapore. These waters are our lifeline and that’s the message I would really love to get out there.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Xavier Low took his family along, noting that “it’s an opportunity to show them a life in the navy and what papa does”.
It seems to have worked: His 10-year-old nephew, Low Yu Heng, a pupil at Pei Chun Public School, reckoned that “maybe when I grow up I’ll join the navy”.
RSN50@VivoCity will be open until Sunday, Nov 12, from 10am to 10pm daily. Entry is free. However, there will be an on-site balloting system for tickets to board the RSS Intrepid and the fast-craft utility ride, due to limited capacity. Tickets can be obtained at RSN50@Vivo’s information counter in the main atrium.