Navy@Vivo RSS Persistence

I had the opportunity to visit the RSS Persistence last Wednesday when the Landing Ships Tank (LST) was docked at VivoCity Promenade for Navy@Vivo. This is the 3rd time that Singapore Navy is having a open house at VivoCity. It’s a great opportunity for Singaporeans to visit the ship and learn more about our Navy.
This is my first time visiting a Endurance class ship. I must say that the RSS Persistence feel more spacious than other Singapore Navy ships that I’ve visited in the past. That’s no surprise since Endurance class is the largest class of ships in the Navy. So spacious that they can park a Super Puma, Light Strike Vehicle Mark II and a Protector unmanned surface vehicle on the Landing Helicopter Dock and still have space to host guests.
The beautiful view from the bridge.

There’s even a well equipped gym onboard.
I also got to witness the conduct of a ceremonial sunset, a long-standing naval tradition, onboard the RSS Persistence.
The RSS Persistence took part in counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia for three months in 2009. Carrying two Super Puma helicopters on board, the Task Group responded to 57 calls for assistance and launched 80 helicopter shorties during the deployment. The ship worked with the multinational Combined Task Force 151 to protect shipping in the Gulf of Aden.
The online balloting for ship visit tickets this weekend is over. But you can still head down to VivoCity today (1 June) before 4:30pm to ballot for tickets. There are also lots of land activities in VivoCity. Meet the Navy divers and try on their dive gear. Pose for a photo in uniform at the photo booth. Or try out rope work and bring them home as keychains.

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