Navy

3 Ocean-Going Jobs for the Adventurous

By: Julailah Wahid

The world’s vast oceans are home to glorious sunsets, jumping dolphins and Captain Jack Sparrows. Even so, any professional on a boat will tell you that the sea can be the ultimate test of both physical and mental strength. Here are three of the most exciting oceangoing professions from around the world:

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NAVY: Led By the Stars

Two SAF scholars tell how the Navy, regardless of rank or gender, has honed their characters and calibre through opportunities as countless as the stars in the sky.

By Tan Yan Shuo and Cheryl Lim

“The joy of sailing, no land or ships around you, just the sky, the sea, the tranquillity, the beauty of the sunset on the horizon, the beauty of a full moon rising on the horizon, and the beauty of a thousand stars in the sky – all that excites me every time I go out to sea,” muses Lieutenant Colonel Alan Goh from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

Although his current posting doesn’t require him to sail, a love for the sea continues to run through the veins of this former sailor, avid sportsman, and SAF Overseas Scholar.

Of depth and breadth
Since joining the Navy in 1998, Alan has garnered a wealth of experience through extensive opportunities. His eventful years of service illustrate the sheer amount of grooming that the Navy offers its scholars.

He has worked onboard various ships, climbing the ranks from trainee to second-in-command in his early years and learning specialities such as anti-submarine warfare; he has worked in the Naval Plans Department, where one of his biggest projects involved procuring Singapore’s second generation of submarines; he has studied for a year at the US Naval War College; he has commanded a Missile Corvette in the Navy.

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NAVY: Extensive Exposure, Perennial Possibilities

By Cheryl Lim

After thirteen years with the Republic of Singapore Navy, 2WO Ken Chong is still enjoying the dynamism and vast challenges of his career. The potential and possibilities which he saw as inherent in a military career years ago have indeed surpassed his expectations.

“I studied Marine Engineering and therefore felt that whatever I was going to do in the Navy would be very relevant to what I've studied,” says the Singapore Polytechnic alumnus. “Being in the Navy and similarly in a military career, I can also gain financial independence at an earlier age. It was a viable option for me then and it is no wonder that I’ve been here until now.”

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