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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ops Terumbu Lima...The Humble Beginnings

RMN....Shipped the construction workers (the sappers), building materials and a Nuri with both the air and ground crew.

RMAF....Provided shuttle services to ferry the sappers and the materials from the ship to the reefs.

Sappers...Built the living module and the monument. And, here is their story in pictures.

Construction materials, including scaffolding, being off-loaded on the reefs during low tide...

The sappers at the work site 

Only at night they had the free time to prepare for their humble abode before high tide...

Installing scaffolding for sleeping 'berth' 

This was their living accommodations  while constructing the living module...

Floating berths - 'have poncho will travel'

Work on building the living module started...

Piling the foundation

Living module taking shape

Lt Kol Basri Omar....Thank you. 

To be continued...

8 comments:

FMZam said...

Salam tuan,

We used that nick "sappers" for our army engineers as handed down by the British RE (Royal Engineers), otherwise we are officially called as Combat Engineers. The word sappers came with the long British military history and tradition dated back in times when war was fought to beseige a fortified enemy in a castle, where the military engineers were tasked to build a mean for the attacking infantry to close in onto enemy's position from a safe distant away starting by digging trench lines in the technique called "sap and parallel". The method of digging the trenches by this technique was done in inverted manner - from bottom up - logically that gave a certain degree of protection while working under enemy fire. It was called sapping thus the nick sappers. The modern army don't have anymore of that kind of Seige warfare and our Malaysian sappers definitely had not the history and tradition of fighting battles in that manner other than inheriting the name from a traditional master.

Nevertheless, the nick remains a household name to our army engineers as we are the labour workforce of our military, in peacetime we were also called the JKR of the army. Whatever our friends call us, the sappers are designed to be that element to 'sap" the enemy in time of war. The role of army engineers in war may never be the primadona but the man behind that primadona who is "first in last out".

Mej (B) Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara FMZam,

Thank you for the history lesson. Now I know how RAJD gets its name 'sappers'. My salute to the sappers - the players behind the scene.

Anonymous said...

Salam Saudara Nor Ibrahim,

Saya adalah antara yang terlibat di peringkat awal operasi mendaulatkan TLL sebagai Tanah Air kita. Saya terlibat juga dari segi perancangan di Kementerian Pertahanan. Sebagai Pegawai Rancang di DTL semasa itu , saya mengetahui banyak perkara. Saya juga adalah salah seorang dari Pegawai Memerintah kapal yang melaksanakan rondaan sepanjang masa di TLL agar TLL tidak di cerobohi oleh negara asing.

Walaupun kita seronok dan bangga ketika membaca cerita yang saudara paparkan kerana ianya adalah satu nolstagia indah kepada ramai bekas tentera, saya rasa, perlu menasihatkan saudara agar berhati-hati tentang ceritanya. Setahu saya semua kertas kerja berkenaan operasi TLL adalah Rahsia dan ianya tidak pernah di 'declassify'kan atau diturunkan darjah keselamatannya hingga kini.

Untuk pengetahuan, ATM hanya mula menggerakkan operasinya pada lewat 1979 dan bukan 1975 seperti yang dinyatakan oleh 'ABAH' dalam komen awalnya.Ianya adalah reaksi kepada tuntutan Malaysia iaitu Perairan Negara adalah 320 km dari pantai negara.

Berwaspada. Ikhlas dari saya "Orang Pencen

Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara "Orang Pencen",

Pertama sekali, terima kasih kerana membaca coretan saya dan nasihat untuk berwaspada. Saya sungguh 'terserentak' apabila anda menyebut tentang 'darjah keselamatan' ops TLL ini. Jujur saya katakan bahawa saya tidak pernah terbaca/melihat 'kertas kerja' yang anda sebutkan. Kami hanya 'pelaksana' sahaja. Tugas Nuri adalah seperti yang ada dalam gambar. Apa yang saya paparkan hanyalah gambar-gambar yang melibatkan warga tentera membina tugu & 'living module' dengan harapan rakyat Malaysia mengetahui 'kelahiran' syurga untuk penyelam di Laut China Selatan.

jibeng said...

salam tuan,

melihatkan anggota2 tidur di atas scaffolding beratapkan poncho dan dikelilingi lautan luas membuatkan saya lebih menghargai sumbangan angota2 tentera kita!!

Mej (B) Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara jibeng,

Betul tu. Pengorbanan warga tentera tidak boleh dinilai dengan RM.

Anonymous said...

salam tuan,
hanya mereka yang pernah melalui akan menghargai..

unsung hero....first in, last out

Nor Ibrahim Bin Sulaiman said...

Saudara Anonymous,

Terima kasih. Sometimes, first in...first out (bodevac)