SAF's 9 Terrex vehicles return home on 3rd day of Chinese New Year

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SINGAPORE - Call it a reunion if you must.

On the third day of Chinese New Year, Singapore received the nine Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) armoured vehicles which were detained in Hong Kong since November 23 last year.

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a press statement that the nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) and other equipment arrived on Monday at 2.40pm and will be sent to an SAF Camp for post-training administration.

Mindef added that the standard post-training administration for all vehicles and equipment include thorough serviceability checks and routine maintenance.

The vehicles were seized while on transit in Hong Kong. They were being transported on board a container ship to Singapore after a military exercise in Taiwan.

According to South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Customs claimed that the vessel owner APL had not provided appropriate permits for the vehicles.

SAF armoured vehicles seized in Hong Kong port

  • A shipment of nine armoured vehicles belonging to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has been seized in Hong Kong.
  • The Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) were discovered at Kwai Chung terminal during a routine inspection, news agency FactWire reported.
  • In response to media queries, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) confirmed in a statement that the Terrex vehicles and associated equipment were delayed at Hong Kong's Kwai Chung Container Terminal on Wed (Nov 23), due to a request for routine inspections by the Hong Kong Customs authorities.
  • "Singapore authorities are providing relevant assistance to the Hong Kong Customs and expect the shipment to return to Singapore. expeditiously," Mindef said.
  • "The Terrex ICVs were used by the SAF in routine overseas training and shipped back via commercial means as with previous exercises."
  • A Hong Kong government official who declined to be named told SCMP earlier that the consignment was en route to Singapore after an overseas training exercise. It is unknown why the vehicles were unloaded at Hong Kong.
  • The same source added that the vehicles could have been unloaded by mistake along with other general cargo.
  • The SAF is the sole operator of the 24-tonne Terrex vehicles, which is developed by local defence manufacturer Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics.