This lighter brings about much sentiments, especially the significance of it's origin.
It's a Black Ice finish produced in January 2013(this Year), with laser engraving of the USS Freedom (LCS-1).
During 18-19 May 2013. Republic of Singapore Navy hosted an open house event, as well as the IMDEX Asia 2013 conferences & exhibitions held at Singapore's Changi Naval Base. Participating countries of IMDEX each deployed a battleship towards Changi Naval Base to represent in this occasion.
In-line with the open house, some of these visiting battleships along with the local's; laid their bridges to welcome the public on deck for guided-tours around their interiors.
Me visited this open house during the 18th with a friend, looking into some ships which we managed to board.
Republic Of Singapore Navy
KRI FRANS KAISIEPO- 368
(Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut, TNI–AL)
HMAS BATHURST (ACPB 85)
Royal Australian Navy
(Devanāgarī: भारतीय नौ सेना, Bhāratīya Nau Sen)
Here're all about this Black Ice lighter:
USS Freedom (LCS-1) represented the United States during IMDEX. Such popular host, inviting the longest waiting queue for boarding.
We were greeted on board Freedom, & soon approached a table manned by some crew-members selling souvenirs of this ship. Stuffs were laid out such as T-shirts, caps, towels, key-chains, formation patches & this Zippo lighter.
Feeling thrilled, making it compulsory to grab a piece. Been having some interests collecting Zippo lighters of the American Naval Ships, which aren't quite easily obtained. Hadn't imagined myself in touch with reality, making hand-to-hand purchase of a collectible with crew members on deck an actual ship!
Briefly spoken to a few about my lighters collection, before heading for the guided tour.
'Political' Backgrounds of it's deployment:
|Picture from Google Image|
That's my story behind this lighter of USS Freedom LCS-1, & that open house's visit to the Naval Base of my home country.