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  • Chng

    Colonel (COL)
    Chng Kim Chuan

    Commander Third Flotilla
  • Jaime

    Captain (CPT) Jaime Liew

    Assistant Operations Officer, RSS Independence
    (Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel)
  • Vincent

    Military Expert 6 (ME6)
    Vincent Chan

    Head Logistics Organisation and Plans Branch, Naval Logistics Department
  • Soh

    Military Expert 4 (ME4)
    Soh Miao Hui

    Lead Engineer, Submarine and Systems Branch, Naval Logistics Command

Chng Kim Chuan

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Colonel (COL)
Chng Kim Chuan

Commander Third Flotilla

I was first introduced to the Navy during my Basic Military Training (BMT), and was drawn to the amazing opportunities that the career had to offer. The prospect to see the world through overseas missions and exercises, and the opportunity to advance my education with a fully paid scholarship stirred the interest of the then bright-eyed recruit. More than 20 years on, I am happy to say that I have not regretted my decision to join the Navy.

The Navy has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader. I have commanded a patrol vessel, a landing ship tank, a squadron and now a flotilla comprising the landing ships tank and fast craft utility (FCUs). These are leadership experiences that are unrivalled because taking command entails a wide spectrum of skills that I have to learn, from handling manpower matters, logistics, engineering to what I hold closest to my heart - inspiring the men and women under my charge. It has been a privilege to work alongside them and to make a difference in their lives.

In my career, I have participated in many exciting missions overseas, such as one of the first overseas peace support operations that the Navy had undertaken — the mission to East Timor in 1999. The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), in support of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste, contributed over 1000 personnel and our ships played an important role in the international effort to restore peace and security to Timor-Leste. The mission showed me what it meant to serve in the military — to bring peace in times of chaos.

Over the years, I have taken on different appointments which have exposed me to the varied roles that the Navy plays in our larger defence ecosystem. A career in the Navy is meaningful because the role we play has a direct impact on Singapore’s survival and prosperity as a small nation. If your heart tells you that this is something you hope to contribute to, we look forward to welcoming you on board.

Jaime Liew

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Captain (CPT) Jaime Liew

Assistant Operations Officer, RSS Independence
(Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel)

At the end of Junior College, I knew that I wanted a job that would allow me to work with people in a life-changing way, and one that would challenge me intellectually and engage me emotionally. I saw the chance to do all three in the Navy after attending a scholarship reception where a female Naval Officer shared about how she can trust her life with each and every crew on board her ship. I was sold and spent the next four months convincing my family and friends that I was serious about joining the Navy.

Having received the SAF Merit Scholarship, I went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Living and studying overseas broadened my mind and exposed me – in a very intimate and immediate fashion – to numerous different cultures, strands of thoughts and identities.

As a Naval Officer, every single day brings fresh challenges, and every one of them requiring a great depth of character to surmount. The reward comes when your crew looks up and smiles at you in a brief demonstration of camaraderie. Your best moment is when they come to you with more problems, because that means you’ve earned their trust.

My fondest memory is sailing back from an overseas deployment when we had some time for recreation in the middle of an open ocean, where my ship held a “steel beach party”. We screened a movie on the flat surface of the hangar doors, barbecued on the flight deck, and blasted music into the evening. It was a rare moment of peace amidst the usually hurtling pace of an operational ship. The horizon was unimpeded by land; the skies were stained red and gold, and some of my closest friends were beside me. I thought that I had never felt so infinite. That experience is something you can only get in the Navy.

Vincent Chan

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Military Expert 6 (ME6)
Vincent Chan

Head Logistics Organisation and Plans Branch,
Naval Logistics Department

I chose to join the Navy because I wanted to be part of the action at the frontline and apply my engineering knowledge on state-of-the-art naval systems.

Being awarded the SAF Engineering Scholarship (SES) provided me with a valuable opportunity to study in the United Kingdom. Studying overseas taught me independence and strengthened my ability to adapt to changing environments, both of which have helped me immensely in my career.

My experience with the Navy has been an enriching one. I have served as the pioneer underwater engineer on board the Formidable-class frigates, Honorary Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the late President Nathan and Commanding Officer of Systems Readiness Engineering Centre (Weapons). However, the one I recall fondly was the experience of being deployed for counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden in 2012, where I saw first-hand how our Navy contributed to a safer and more secure passage for international shipping.

A career in the Navy got me into the thick of action, where I worked with and led groups who started out as strangers, but grew to become great teams and friends. Joining the Navy is the first step to a lifetime of adventure with the tightest bunch of people that you know you can count on, and the challenges faced together are only opportunities to grow and be the best that we can be.

Soh Miao Hui

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Military Expert 4 (ME4)
Soh Miao Hui

Lead Engineer, Submarine and Systems Branch,
Naval Logistics Command

Growing up, I have always been interested in ships. Therefore, joining the RSN came as a natural choice after getting my degree in Naval Architecture, and I have never looked back since.

As an engineer in the Navy, we ensure that our naval assets are primed for action at all times. As the Lead Engineer in the Submarine and Systems branch, I ensure that the submarines’ systems are well maintained. I take pride in knowing that I am contributing and playing my part to safeguard Singapore’s maritime interests.

Throughout my career in the Navy, I have met many like-minded servicewomen, many of whom have helped to shape me into who I am today. I hope to inspire more females in the same manner as I mature and grow in my profession.

The truth is that a career in the Navy is not easy, but it is fulfilling for ladies who want a challenging and exhilarating career. For female graduates who are independent and have the interest to serve, embark on a journey to widen your horizons with the Navy.

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