On the 24 March 2014, the Royal Rangers went on a field trip to the Pengkalan Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia (T.U.D.M.) and Tentera Laut DiRaja Malaysia (T.L.D.M.) in Kuantan.
A total of 28 people went for this trip comprising 16 Rangers, 5 Commanders and 7 family members. We embarked in 2 vans and 2 cars which took us about 3 hours to reach there.
Upon arrival, we visited the T.U.D.M. airbase and specifically learned about two aircraft, the Search and Rescue helicopter, Eurocopter EC725 which was deployed in the search for the missing MH370, and the MIG-29N, an air to air combat Russian made fighter jet capable of travelling two and a half times faster than the speed of sound. Afterwards, we were delighted to witness the take off, fly by and landing of various aircraft including the MIG-29N.
After the tour, we thanked the officers and proceeded to McDonald’s to fill our growling tummies with double cheese burgers.
We then left for T.L.D.M, naval base, which houses over a thousand crew members. We visited the fire station and had the opportunity to get on top of the huge fire trucks. Then, we visited the gallery and learned about the history of the naval base which started in 1950. Later, we had a quick tour on the fast attack missile warship, KD Perdana. We were really blessed to be able to tour it because we were behind the time schedule. The large warships, KD Pahang and KD Terengganu were out to sea on the search and rescue mission. Although the ship was crowded with machines including big missile launchers, it could fit 30-40 people. The short rest on the ship was enjoyable with the exhilarating breeze recharging our fatigued spirit.
Lastly, we toured a decompression chamber which was the only one in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. This chamber is used to treat divers with decompression sickness after being underwater for too long which can be fatal. This is to help them to recover back to normal atmospheric condition. We were allowed to explore inside of it which was really cooling, comfortable and definitely a good place to sleep in! Upon departure, Commander Jim presented the officers with bolo ties as a sign of appreciation. Even though we were feeling exhausted, we left with high spirits after bidding farewell to the officers.
This was and educational trip and each one of us enjoyed ourselves getting to know more of the military defense of our nation. Thank God for journey mercy and a fun time together and also blessing us with such dedicated commanders. We eagerly look forward to more field trips in the future.