Worried that China might have made modifications, the Singapore Armed Force (SAF) wrote in a press statement today (Jan 31) saying that they are conducting “thorough checks” on the returned vehicles:
“This morning, the Army started thorough post-training administration for the Terrex ICVs and other equipment. Chief of Army Major-General (MG) Melvyn Ong was on site to observe the serviceability checks and maintenance of the vehicles and equipment. The detailed post-training administration will require a few days to complete.”
Accordig to military personnel familiar with overseas training in the past, it is uncommon that a “post-training check” is required as military equipment usually wait for its next biennially maintenance so long they still possess a valid fit-for-use certificate.
State media TodayOnline said that the vehicles are stationed at Kranji Camp II, where the Motorised Infantry Training Institute is situated. The media photo released by the SAF also show the Chief of Army, paper scholar Major-General Melvyn Ong, posing beside some soldiers conducting checks on some military equipment.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has earlier said that China infringed international laws detaining the Terrex vehicles. It is not known whether if the Singapore government will sue China for “illegally” detaining the sovereign properties as the Defence Minister earlier claimed.
Both Hong Kong and China did not return Singapore the “legal and official” reason demanded from the island state. The Singapore government is also adamant on continuing military exercises with Taiwan, despite the episode.