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LMV Fearless

Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How officiated at the launching ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s eighth and final Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), RSS Fearless 22, at ST Engineering’s Benoi Shipyard. The LMV was launched by Mrs. Heng Soon Poh, wife of Mr. Heng.

Singapore Navy launches final Littoral Mission Vessel, RSS Fearless 22
Singapore Navy launches final Littoral Mission Vessel, RSS Fearless 22

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Heng highlighted the importance of a strong and capable RSN to safeguard Singapore’s sovereignty. He said, «The navy is every maritime nation’s first line of defence. A strong RSN is key to protecting our maritime sovereignty, and keeping our Sea Lines of Communication open. Singapore’s maritime agencies work together 24/7 to monitor threats. The RSN augments this by conducting patrols around the clock – tirelessly – to keep our waters safe and secure. We do this to protect Singapore, Singaporeans, and our Singaporean way of life».

On the launch of Fearless, Mr. Heng encouraged the crew to «live up to the fearless spirit of our founding fathers and continue to live out its legacy. As you embark on your next journey to defend our sovereignty, our security, and our economic prosperity, I am confident that you will overcome all challenges fearlessly, never flagging in adversity».

The launch of RSS Fearless 22 is a significant milestone in the RSN’s continued transformation to enable it to continue safeguarding the sovereignty and security of Singapore’s waters. The LMV programme is progressing well. Since 2017, five LMVs – RSS Independence 15, RSS Sovereignty 16, RSS Unity 17, RSS Justice 18 and RSS Indomitable 19 – have been commissioned. They have rapidly assumed and effectively executed operational duties, including the DPRK-US Singapore Summit and daily maritime security patrols, and have participated in exercises such as the ASEAN Multilateral Naval Exercise and Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise. LMVs Fortitude and Dauntless, launched in 2018, are undergoing sea trials and will be commissioned later this year. All eight LMVs will be fully operational by 2020.

Also present at the ceremony was Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, as well as senior officers from the RSN and the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

Seventh LMV

ST Engineering’s Marine sector on August 18, 2018 launched the seventh Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Dauntless, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

The Republic of Singapore Navy's 7th Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Dauntless was launched on August 18, 2018
The Republic of Singapore Navy’s 7th Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Dauntless was launched on August 18, 2018

Held in a ceremony at ST Engineering’s Benoi Yard, the launch was officiated by Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance. Mr. Heng’s spouse, Mrs. Heng Hwee Nee was the lady sponsor who named and launched the vessel in accordance with naval traditions. The event was witnessed by senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces.

The LMV programme that started in 2013 will replace the RSN’s current fleet of Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, also designed and built by ST Engineering’s Marine sector in the 1990s. The LMVs are 2.5 times larger, and possess better seakeeping capabilities to operate in higher sea state conditions, amongst other attributes.

«We are excited to launch the seventh of eight LMVs that we are designing and building for the RSN. We are committed to continue the good progress we have made thus far, and look forward to completing the programme with the last and final LMV», said Ng Sing Chan, President for ST Engineering’s Marine sector.

ST Engineering’s Marine sector has delivered five vessels till date – LMV Independence, LMV Sovereignty, LMV Unity, LMV Justice and LMV Indomitable. The sixth vessel, LMV Fortitude was launched in March this year, and the keel for the eighth LMV was laid a month after.

Sixth LMV

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), has successfully launched the sixth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Fortitude, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

Taken from an unusual angle, this picture of the first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), RSS Independence, shows the large rear flight deck, the stern RHIB handling ramps, and the forward section with 76-mm gun turret immediately in front of the vertical missile launcher (Twitter photo)
Taken from an unusual angle, this picture of the first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), RSS Independence, shows the large rear flight deck, the stern RHIB handling ramps, and the forward section with 76-mm gun turret immediately in front of the vertical missile launcher (Twitter photo)

The ceremony, held at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard, was officiated by Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport. Mr. Ng’s spouse, Mrs. Michelle Ng was the lady sponsor who named and launched the vessel in accordance with naval traditions. The event was witnessed by many senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces.

Fortitude is part of an eight-vessel LMV programme started in 2013 and is slated to replace the RSN’s current fleet of Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, also designed and built by ST Marine in the 1990s. The LMVs are 2.5 times larger and possess better sea-keeping capabilities to operate in higher sea state conditions, amongst other attributes.

ST Marine has delivered four vessels till date, LMV Independence, LMV Sovereignty, LMV Unity and LMV Justice. The fifth vessel, LMV Indomitable was launched in 2017; the keel was laid for the seventh LMV and steel was also cut for the eighth LMV last year.

«The launch of the sixth LMV Fortitude today brings us another step closer to the completion of the LMV programme. The milestones to date could not have been achieved without the collaboration of the DSTA, RSN and our industry partners, and I extend my warmest appreciation to them», said Ng Sing Chan, President for ST Marine. «We are honoured to be able to contribute to RSN’s robust seaward defence of Singapore, which will be strengthened further when all eight LMVs are delivered in 2020».

Fourth Singapore’s LMV

According to defense-aerospace.com, Senior Minister for State for Defence Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman officiated at the launching ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s fourth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Justice, at the Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine)’s Benoi shipyard on March 17, 2017. The LMV was launched by Mdm Sadiah Shahal, wife of Dr. Maliki.

Singapore’s ST Marine shipyards have launched the Singapore Navy’s fourth Littoral Mission Vessel, named Justice, whose commissioning is planned for 2018 (SPore MoD photo)
Singapore’s ST Marine shipyards have launched the Singapore Navy’s fourth Littoral Mission Vessel, named Justice, whose commissioning is planned for 2018 (SPore MoD photo)

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Maliki highlighted that given the increasingly volatile maritime domain, the LMVs aptly illustrate how the RSN is «looking ahead to the next 50 years to make sure it stays relevant and ready for the challenges ahead». He added, «the RSN has designed the LMV to conduct a wider range of operations in a more complex environment. It will give the RSN greater mission flexibility and sustainability».

The launch of Justice is another significant milestone in the RSN’s continued transformation to keep Singapore’s seas safe. The LMVs are faster, more versatile, and equipped with sharper capabilities to further strengthen the RSN’s effectiveness in seaward defence. The LMVs can be quickly configured with mission modules to take on a wide spectrum of operations, allowing the crew to deliver calibrated responses using lethal and non-lethal options to deal with a range of maritime threats.

The LMV project is progressing well, with LMV Justice expected to be fully operational by 2018, and all eight LMVs by 2020. The first three LMVs, Independence, Sovereignty and Unity, are presently undergoing sea trials and LMV Independence will be commissioned during the RSN’s Golden Jubilee on 5 May 2017.

Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han and senior officials from the RSN.

The Launch of the
Third LMV

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Unity, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

The launching of the third Littoral Mission Vessel – Unity, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy
The launching of the third Littoral Mission Vessel – Unity, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy

The ceremony was officiated by Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State for Defence. Mrs. Diana Ong, spouse of Mr. Ong, took on the role as the lady sponsor in accordance with naval traditions to name and launch the vessel at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard. The event was witnessed by many senior officials from Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces.

«The launch of the third Littoral Mission Vessel – Unity is yet another gratified moment for ST Marine», said Ng Sing Chan, President for ST Marine. «We are making great strides in the LMV programme, made possible only with the hard-work and commitment from the project teams from MINDEF, RSN, DSTA and our many other partners. We are honoured to be given the opportunity to prime this contract and showcase our engineering expertise and the ability to manage large scale engineering systems».

ST Marine was awarded the contract by MINDEF in 2013 to design and build eight LMVs for the RSN. The vessels are expected to be delivered from 2016 and be fully operational by 2020. They will replace the PVs designed and built by ST Marine in the 1990s.

The LMV programme is in serial production at ST Marine with eight ships under construction or in the pre-construction phase. The first LMV, Independence has returned to Tuas Naval Base on 26 May 2016 and is performing the Checkout, Integration and Testing (CIT) for weapon systems on-board. The second LMV, Sovereignty is preparing for sea trials while the third LMV, Unity will embark on harbour acceptance trials after her launch.

Smarter, faster and sharper, the LMVs are highly capable warships designed and equipped with advanced combat capabilities and technologies to further strengthen the RSN’s ability in protecting our sea lines of communication. With an innovative design and vast array of sense-making and decision support systems, the LMVs can operate smarter with a leaner crew for greater effectiveness and efficiency. The 262.5-foot/80-meter long vessels are 2.5 times larger in size and can travel faster than the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs). They are highly manoeuvrable and can operate in confined and congested littoral waters effectively. Equipped with sharper and advanced combat capabilities and technologies, the LMVs can be quickly configured with mission modules to take on a wide spectrum of operations, allowing the crew to deliver calibrated responses using lethal and non-lethal options to deal with a range of maritime threats.

The third Littoral Mission Vessel on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy, Unity, at its launch ceremony on 13 October 2016
The third Littoral Mission Vessel on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy, Unity, at its launch ceremony on 13 October 2016

Littoral Mission Vessel

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Launching Ceremony on April 16 for the second Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), RSS Sovereignty, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

The future RSS Sovereignty is the second of eight Littoral Mission Vessels that ST Marine is building for the navy of Singapore. All should be commissioned and in service by 2018 (RSN photo)
The future RSS Sovereignty is the second of eight Littoral Mission Vessels that ST Marine is building for the navy of Singapore. All should be commissioned and in service by 2018 (RSN photo)

The Launch Ceremony was officiated by Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security. Initiating the launch of the vessel at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard was DPM Teo’s wife, Mrs. Teo Chee Hean. The event was witnessed by Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence; Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State for Defence, and many senior officials from Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

The launch of RSS Sovereignty, the second LMV in a series of eight vessels, marks another significant milestone for the LMV programme. Smarter, faster and sharper, the LMVs are highly capable warships designed and equipped with advanced combat capabilities and technologies to further strengthen the RSN’s ability in the seaward defence of Singapore and protecting our sea lines of communication.

The Integrated Command Centre, where the Bridge, Combat Information Centre and Machinery Control Room are co-located, integrates and synergises the management of navigation, engineering, and combat functions to achieve greater operational effectiveness and efficiency during maritime security operations. Adopting the concept of «mission modularity», these vessels are versatile and can leverage a range of mission modules that can be reconfigured to respond to different circumstances and roles, ranging from maritime security and mine clearing, to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Measuring 262.5 feet/80 m in length and beam at 39.4 feet/12 m with displacement of 1,250 tonnes, the LMVs are 2.5 times larger than the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs) and possess better sea-keeping capabilities to operate in higher sea state conditions.

ST Marine was awarded the contract by MINDEF in 2013 to design and build eight LMVs for the RSN. The vessels are expected to be delivered from 2016. They will replace the PVs that ST Marine designed and built in the 1990s.

The launching of the second Littoral Mission Vessel – RSS Sovereignty, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy
The launching of the second Littoral Mission Vessel – RSS Sovereignty, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy