Detained 9 Terrex ICVs reach Singapore, to be deployed soon

Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has made announcement that nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) have been checked and soon will be deployed for training. The announcement was made through a Facebook post.

SAF personnel, Terrex ICVs
SAF personnel conducting serviceability checks on the Terrex ICV. Photo courtesy: MINDEF

“The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has completed the serviceability checks and maintenance of our Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) and other equipment that were shipped back on January 30.The ICVs and equipment will be deployed for training shortly,” the SAF added.

These nine Terrex ICVs were detained by Hong Kong customs on November 23 while en route to Singapore from Taiwan where they were used in routine training.

 All these armoured vehicles arrived in Singapore on January 30. They were seized by Hong Kong Customs for about two months.
 Roy Tang, Hong Kong’s Commissioner of Customs and Excise said,” The vehicles had been seized because here was a suspected breach of the Hong Kong law” adding that its investigation might lead to criminal prosecution.

Ng Eng Hen, Defence Minister of Singapore  said that SAF has reviewed shipping procedures “comprehensively” to reduce the risk of equipment being “taken hostage en route” in future.

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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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