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Ten years later, the 1st SRRA was disbanded and its guns dismantled.The coast artillery was replaced with Gurkha infantry units, first the 2/7th Duke of Edinburgh's own Gurkha Rifles and later the 2/10th Princess Mary's own Gurkha Rifles.A little discussed fact is that many generations of Malays and Chinese who had lived harmoniously on the island were relocated into high-rise apartments on Singapore, the idyllic island life was lost and not by choice.The island was renamed "Sentosa" in 1972, which means peace and tranquility in Malay (from Sanskrit, Santosha), from a suggestion by the public.Consequently, there was a joke that the name Sentosa stood for "So Expensive and Nothing to See Also".In the nineteenth century, the island was considered important because it protected the passage into Keppel Harbour.

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The forts built on the island were Fort Siloso, Fort Serapong, Fort Connaught and the Mount Imbiah Battery.

In fact, there exists an island that was identified as Blacan Mati in Manuel Godinho de Erédia's 1604 map of Singapore. However, early maps did not separate Blakang Mati from the adjacent island of Pulau Brani, so it is uncertain to which island the sixteenth century place names referred. Up to 1830, it was called Pulau Panjang ("long island").

Other early references to the island of Blakang Mati include Burne Beard Island in Wilde's 1780 MS map, Pulau Niry, Nirifa from 1690 to 1700, and the nineteenth century reference as Pulau Panjang (J. In an 1828 sketch of Singapore Island, the island is referred to as Po. According to Bennett (1834), the name Blakang Mati was only given to the hill on the island by the Malay villagers on the island.

Fort Siloso and Mount Imbiah became a religious retreat and a Protestant church house respectively. Fort Serapong became a secure communications and listening station.

In the early 1960s, during the Indonesian Confrontation, the 2/10th occupied the island.

The forts built on the island were Fort Siloso, Fort Serapong, Fort Connaught and the Mount Imbiah Battery.In fact, there exists an island that was identified as Blacan Mati in Manuel Godinho de Erédia's 1604 map of Singapore. However, early maps did not separate Blakang Mati from the adjacent island of Pulau Brani, so it is uncertain to which island the sixteenth century place names referred. Up to 1830, it was called Pulau Panjang ("long island").Other early references to the island of Blakang Mati include Burne Beard Island in Wilde's 1780 MS map, Pulau Niry, Nirifa from 1690 to 1700, and the nineteenth century reference as Pulau Panjang (J. In an 1828 sketch of Singapore Island, the island is referred to as Po. According to Bennett (1834), the name Blakang Mati was only given to the hill on the island by the Malay villagers on the island.Fort Siloso and Mount Imbiah became a religious retreat and a Protestant church house respectively. Fort Serapong became a secure communications and listening station.In the early 1960s, during the Indonesian Confrontation, the 2/10th occupied the island.The British set up large-calibre gun fortifications at various points along the island that were aligned to the south, facing the sea in expectation of a seaward Japanese assault.