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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 21 May 2004

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PM Goh opens Changi Naval Base today

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg 

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong officially opened the Changi Naval Base today. During the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Goh witnessed a sail-past and a naval display put up by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). He also delivered a keynote speech and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the base. 

The opening of Changi Naval Base heralds a new chapter in Singapore’s naval history as it provides the RSN an operational facility that will enhance its capability and operational readiness and meet its operational demands well into the future.

Changi Naval Base is one of the Ministry of Defence’s most extensive defence infrastructure investments to date.

Jointly developed by the RSN and the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), the base is a key operational facility for the RSN and represents the Government’s continued commitment to investing in Singapore’s long-term defence needs.

With Changi Naval Base, the RSN is well positioned to fulfil its mission of defending Singapore waters and our vital sea-lines of communication.

The completed facilities at the base include the buildings housing the Fleet Command, the Tactical Training Centre and the Changi Maintenance Base.

The Changi Naval Training Base (CNTB), now under construction, will eventually house the Naval Training Command and three Navy schools - the Institute of Maritime Warfare, the Institute of Naval Technology and Operations, and the Institute of Marine Systems – when it is completed next year. Construction of the Navy museum will be completed in 2007.

Also present at this afternoon’s opening ceremony were the Minister for Defence, Rear-Admiral (NS) Teo Chee Hean and Minister of State for Defence, Mr Cedric Foo.

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg

Changi Naval Base (CNB) is located in East Changi on reclaimed land. It has a basin size of 128 hectares, a 6.2km of wharf space and a total area of 86 hectares for operational and training purposes.

Featuring a range of operational, training and support facilities harnessing information technology and automation, the new base was designed as an intelligent and efficient state-of-the-art facility that fully optimises the use of land, water and electricity through various innovative engineering solutions designed to also minimise operating costs.

Source: Mindef News Release 21 May 2004

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