Soldier dies during exercise
Singapore Armed Forces soldiers in vehicle rollover accident at SWB
MILITARY personnel are in mourning after a soldier was killed in an accident during Exercise Wallaby at Shoalwater Bay on Friday night.
Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) 3rd Sergeant (3SG) Gavin Chan Hiang Cheng, 21, was involved in an accident at the military training area north of Rockhampton about 6.15pm, according the Singapore Ministry of Defence.
The Ministry posted the announcement on its website and Facebook on Saturday.
The Singapore Armed Forces is currently carrying out Exercise Wallaby 2017 at the Australian-owned training facility about 100km north of Rockhampton.
This is the second accident at the Central Queensland military training area this year to claim lives of military personnel.
Three US Marines died after a MV-22 Osprey crashed off the coast in August.
Calls to local emergency services by The Morning Bulletin ascertained Rockhampton Queensland Ambulance Service crews were called to the training area on Friday night to attend to a patient but a helicopter ended up transporting him to Rockhampton Hospital.
The Singapore Ministry of Defence stated a SAF medic performed CPR on Cheng, who was found unconscious next to the vehicle, before he was transported.
He was pronounced dead at Rockhampton Hospital at 10.36pm on Friday.
Cheng was a full-time national serviceman and a Vehicle Commander from the 41st Battalion Singapore Armoured Regiment.
He was was travelling in a Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle as part of an exercise when the incident happened.
Cheng was guiding a vehicle out of difficult terrain when it landed on its side.
The driver and two other passengers travelling in the Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle were unhurt
The Singapore Ministry of Defence statement said there was a safety pause on training in Shoalwater Bay Training Area in effect, and an investigation of the incident is ongoing.
“The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend their deepest condolences to the family of the late serviceman and are assisting the family in this time of grief,” the statement said.
The Ministry of Defence and the SAF extend their deepest condolences to the family of the late serviceman and are assisting the family in this time of grief.
— Ministry of Defence
CASUALTY: A Singapore Armed Forces armoured vehicle during Exercise Wallaby 2016.