SINGAPORE: Nine Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) and other equipment arrived in Singapore on Monday (Jan 30) at 2.40pm after being detained in Hong Kong for two months.
The post-training serviceability checks and maintenance of the nine Terrex vehicles and other equipment were conducted on Tuesday, with Chief of Army Major-General Melvyn Ong observing the activities, the Ministry of Defence said in its press release.
SAF personnel conducting serviceability checks on a Terrex ICV. (Photo: MINDEF)
It added that the administration will require a few days to complete.
Chief of Army Major-General (MG) Melvyn Ong observing the post-training administration for the SAF Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles and other equipment. (Photo: MINDEF)
Arrival of the nine Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) and other equipment in Singapore. (Photo: MINDEF)
Hong Kong authorities had said the vehicles were held in the territory due to a suspected licensing breach.
In a Facebook post, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said the vehicles will be transported to base camp to undergo detailed checks, which will take a few days.
"I am proud of how Singaporeans rallied together during this episode. Thank you for your support and encouragement," he wrote.
The nine armoured vehicles were detained on Nov 23 from a container ship transiting through Hong Kong from Taiwan.
On Jan 9, Dr Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had written to Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung, asking for the vehicles to be returned. In the wake of this incident, Dr Ng added that the SAF has reviewed shipping procedures "comprehensively" to reduce the risk of equipment being taken hostage en route.
On Jan 24, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Hong Kong authorities have completed their investigations and will be releasing the vehicles and other equipment through APL, the commercial shipping firm that was supposed to transport the vehicles back to Singapore in November.