- Singapore has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel
- Republic is on track to operate its class of eight Independence-class ships by 2020
Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the country’s fifth Littoral Mission Vessel.
The vessel, which will be in service with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) as RSS Indomitable with pennant number 19, was launched on 23 September at the company's shipyard in Benoi. The event was officiated by Singapore's Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan-Jin, and attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces.
Indomitable is one of eight LMVs ordered under a contract awarded to ST Marine in 2013. The programme seeks to replace the RSN's 11 Fearless-class patrol vessels, which were also built by the same shipbuilder, and have been in service since the mid-1990s. “These ships strengthen the RSN's ability in the seaward defence of Singapore," said Tan in his address at the launching ceremony.
According to Jane’s Fighting Ships , the LMV features an overall length of 80 m, a beam of 12 m, a hull draught of 3 m, and displaces 1,250 tonnes at full load. The ship can attain top speeds in excess of 27 kt, a standard range of 3,500 n miles at 15 kt, and can accommodate a baseline crew of 23 including five officers. The LMV is powered by four MTU 20V 4000 M93 diesel engines in a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) arrangement.
The platform has been designed with rapidly configurable spaces, and can take on a variety of containerised mission modules including packages meant maritime interdictions, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.
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