- Singapore has commissioned two additional Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels
- Platform is expected to be deployed primarily for maritime security operations in the Singapore Strait
The operational component of Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) has been further strengthened with the commissioning of two additional Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs).
The vessels, which have been named RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity with pennant numbers 16 and 17 respectively, were officially inducted on 14 November in a commissioning ceremony at RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base.
Presiding over the ceremony, Singaporean Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen described the LMV platform as “a quantum jump compared to its predecessor”, the Fearless-class patrol vessels, which have been in service with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) since the 1990s.
“Going forward, the demands on our RSN will increase. Part of this reflects both the rising trade as well as the military build-up of regional navies in our surrounding waters,” said Ng, who also described the LMVs as future-ready ships that will keep Singapore’s sea lines of communication secure and accessible amid these challenges.
The LMVs are expected to be primarily deployed for patrols within the Singapore Strait, as well as other territorial waters such as the Straits of Johor and the area surrounding an outlying island known as Pedra Branca.
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