Changi Naval Base


The Changi Naval Base (CNB)is the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) newest and largest base situated on 86 ha of reclaimed land east of Changi. Replacing the naval base at Pulau Brani in order to provide for the navy's expanding needs, CNB has twice the land area, five times the berthing space and deeper waters capable of berthing aircraft carriers. It will also be the site of the Changi Naval Training Base, housing the RSNs Training Command and Maritime Warfare, Naval Technology and Marine Engineering institutes. 

Designed and developed by the Defence Science and Technology Agency, construction was officially launched on 10 January 1998 and will spread over two phases. The first phase, which ended in 2000, involved the construction of the main operational and maintenance facilities, including wharfage space of 6.2 km. The second phase, ending in 2003, will see the development of a training base, and sports and recreational facilities.

Mechanisation and automation technology will be used extensively for operational efficiency and to reduce manpower needs. This includes an automated storage and retrieval warehouses, a high-tech office automation system, water and energy saving systems where sea and rainwater will be used.

An Addendum to the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Nov 1998 to provide United States (US) forces access to facilities at the base.

Sitragandi Arunasalam & Phyllis

New Changi Naval Base to be twice as large as Branis. (1998, January 11). The Straits Times, p. 30

Spore, US formalise berthing pact. (1998, November 12). The Straits Times, p. 33.

Address by RADM (NS) Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence at the ground-breaking ceremony for Changi Naval Base. (1998). Retrieved October 6, 2003, from

Air Defence Brigade. (1998, 10 November). Singapore, US formalise arrangements for USN Ships to use Changi Naval Base facilities. Retrieved October 6, 2003, from

Changi Naval Base: Military Analysis Network. (2003). Retrieved October 6, 2003, from

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