2012 Singapore Armed Forces Presidential gun salute on the M3G Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System, Singapore

3 July 2012 Tuesday

The first presidential gun salute on the General Dynamics European Land Systems M3G Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System was during the 2009 National Day Parade (NDP).

The M3G has an armoured cabin, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) protection, an airconditioning system and a special tropical climate kit. It is in used by Taiwan (ROC) and the Singapore Armed Forces. The M3G is operated by the Singapore Combat Engineers (SCE). Other countries are using the M3 version.

There was no presidential gun salute on the M3G in the 2010 NDP as it was held at the City Hall with the showcase of a mobile column. The 25 pounder ceremonial guns for the presidential gun salute were placed at the Civilian War Memorial. The next mobile column showcase will be at the 2015 NDP.

It was continued again in 2011  and currently the 2012 NDP.

You can catch the presidential gun salute on the M3G every Saturday around 1800 hours till 9th August 2012 which is the actual National Day Parade.

]1[ 2009 NDP: A convoy of M3G Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System at Kallang Road.

]2[ 2009 NDP: Deployment and preparation of  M3G Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System for the 25 pounder ceremonial guns.

]3[ 2009 NDP: Deployment and preparation of  M3G Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System for the 25 pounder ceremonial guns.

]4[ 2009 NDP: First firing of the 25 pounder ceremonial guns on the M3G for the presidential gun salute.

]5[ 2009 NDP: Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD).

]6[ 2009 NDP: The still under construction Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.

]7[ 2009 Army Open House: First showcase of the M3G to the public.

Unfortunately, the 2009 Army Open House was marred with a few Warrant Officers threatening to beat up photographers for taking photos of the equipments displayed at the open house.

]8[ 2009 Army Open House: A MAN truck five tonner crossing the M3G.

]9[ 2010 NDP: M3G involved in the mobile column.

]10[ 2010 NDP: M3G at Nicoll Highway on the way to City Hall for the NDP rehearsal in the afternoon.

]11[ 2011 NDP: Close up view of the 25 pounder ceremonial guns on the M3G.

]12[ 2011 NDP: Briefing for the Sergeants by the Warrant Officer before the start of the rehearsal.

]13[ 2011 NDP: Men from the combat engineers and artillery units taking a break on the M3G.

]14[ 2011 NDP: Eyes in the skies, a Brahminy Kite watching over the M3G without fear or favour.

]15[ 2011 NDP: Firing of the presidential gun salute near the Merlion.

]16[ 2011 NDP: Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD).

]17[ 2011 NDP: Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.

]18[ Nice video for the NS45 – From Fathers to Sons television commercial.

General Dynamics European Land Systems M3

http://www.gdels.com/principal/index.asp

M3 brochure.

http://www.gdels.com/brochures/bridge_m3.pdf

M3 Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System, Germany

http://www.army-technology.com/projects/m3amphibiousbridging/

2009 NDP ‘Technogineering’ the Parade, A Salute on Water

http://imcms2.mediacorp.sg/CMSFileserver/documents/006/pdf/20090809/0908SUR039.pdf

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