SINGAPORE - It was a show of military might at the National Day Parade as the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police Force displayed their vehicles and equipment in a 15-minute performance.
A convoy of 179 vehicles rumbled past the Padang, making the line-up of this year's Mobile Column, which returns to the show after five years, the most diverse.
Twenty-six vehicles made their debut, including a combat ambulance, an armoured engineer vehicle used mainly for clearing mines or demolishing wire obstacles, and a latest version of a battle tank.
A 22m-long specialised marine craft, which is used for the defence of bases, was also unveiled for the first time.
To pay tribute to the pioneers, a retired colonel Goh Lye Choon, 74, who took part in the first mobile column in 1969, joined others to lead the convoy. He rode alongside the Mobile Column Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Lim Kah Kheng in a Leopard 2SG Main Battle Tank.
A section of the 2km-long convoy also passed through the Marina Bay area.
Even those who did not have tickets to the Padang were not left out of the fun when vehicles from the Singapore Civil Defence Force doused the crowd with water from their hoses as they drove by.