- Singapore will retire its Endurance-class landing platform dock-like ships after 2020
- Vessels will make way for the Joint Multi Mission Ship vessel type, which features greater military lift, and humanitarian assistance capabilities
In a bid to enhance the service’s international humanitarian assistance capabilities, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will retire its Endurance-class landing platform dock (LPD)-like ships after 2020, and replace these with the Joint Multi Mission Ship (JMMS) platform.
The plan was revealed by Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at a media conference held in conjunction with the country’s Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) day, which falls on 1 July.
The RSN operates a class of four 141 m Endurance-class LPDs, which it calls landing ship tanks (LSTs), with the service’s 191 Squadron. The vessels were commissioned between March 1998 and February 2000, and have been dispatched regularly in support for the RSN's midshipman sea training deployment (MSTD) programme.
The vessel type has also represented the SAF at several international humanitarian assistance operations including the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, and the search for downed AirAsia flight QZ 8501 in December 2014.
The Endurance class has a maximum speed of 15 kt, and a standard range of 10,400 n miles at 12 kt. It can accommodate two Super Puma helicopters on its flight deck. Each vessel is armed with one Otobreda 76 mm/62 Super Rapid naval gun in the primary position, and two 25 mm Bushmaster cannon turrets, one each on the port and starboard sides near the bridge wings.
Meanwhile, plans for its replacement platform, the JMMS, was first revealed by Ng in March 2014 during a parliamentary session. The new ship type would enhance Singapore’s ability to co-ordinate regional relief operations, and work with international partners in times of humanitarian crises.
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