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  POLICE LIFE MONTHLY
>> Volume 35 | No. 7 | Jul / Aug 2009

PCG UPGRADES WITH NEW FLEET AND TRAINING CENTRE
By SSgt Muhammad Juffry Bin Joihani

“The conditions surrounding the current maritime operations environment are tough. Vigilance is therefore a key defence in guarding our coastline terrain and fighting the threats of crime, intrusion and terror attacks. The Police Coast Guard (PCG) has done us proud thus far and I remain confident that PCG will continue to overcome the challenges it faces and continue to keep Singapore safe and secure,” said Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Wong Kan Seng. He was the Guest-of-Honour at the commissioning of the New Generation Coastal Patrol Craft and Integrated Tactical Training Centre (ITTC) on 16 July 2009.

Protecting Singapore’s porous 182 kmlong coastline is an everyday challenge for officers at PCG. In this current security climate, maritime security is even more vital as it is ranked among the top homefront security priorities.

To tackle this challenge and remain ever vigilant in the fight against crime and terror, PCG acquired 10 new Shark Class coastal patrol craft to replace the existing fleet that has served the nation for close to 30 years. Three of the vessels were already delivered to PCG and was officially commissioned by DPM Wong on 16 July 2009 at PCG Brani Base. The remaining seven will make their debut next year..

Among the high-tech features of the vessels is the 25mm Typhoon MK 25 II Stabilised Gun System. This highestcalibre weapon in the Singapore Police Force can be remotely fired via a joystick on board the ship and it can hit targets up to 2.7km away.

Besides the acquisition of highperformance and purpose-built Coastal Patrol Craft, PCG has also invested heavily in staff training, including the use of advanced simulators such as the ITTC.

The S$29 million ITTC can support two dimensions of training integration in PCG. The first is that the various training modules can replicate the complete operation of PCG patrol craft to provide a highly realistic training environment, as compared to individual module or systembased training in the past. The second is that multi-level exercises with strategic planning, tactical manoeuvring, boathandling and firearm scenarios can be executed. Another positive point to note is that the ITTC allows PCG to save up to S$5 million in maintenance and fuel costs compared to training in vessels out at sea. plm