- The Republic of Singapore Navy’s third helicopter-capable Littoral Mission Vessel has been launched
- The warship, which is the seventh in class overall, is on track to achieve operational status by 2020
ST Engineering Marine has launched the seventh Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The warship, which will be known in service as RSS Dauntless (21) once commissioned, was launched on 18 August at ST Engineering Marine’s facilities in Benoi. Dauntless is part of a contract for eight 80 m LMVs signed between ST Marine and the Singapore Ministry of Defence in 2013.
The first-of-class LMV, RSS Independence (15), was commissioned in May 2017, while second and third ships in the class, RSS Sovereignty (16) and RSS Unity (17), were commissioned on the same day in November the same year.
The fourth LMV, Justice (18), was delivered to the RSN in October 2017, and is expected to be commissioned by the second half of 2018.
The Independence class displaces 1,250 tonnes at full load, can accommodate a baseline crew of 23 including five officers, and embark a medium-lift helicopter on its flight deck. The ship is powered by four MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines, and can attain top speeds over 27 kt, and a standard range of 3,500 n miles at 15 kt.
Each LMV is armed with one Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid naval gun, two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations (one each on the port and starboard sides), and a Rafael 25 mm Typhoon gun system mounted at the aft section.
The ship’s countermeasures against hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions is provided by MBDA's VL Mica anti-air missile system deployed via a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section.
Dauntless is expected to be delivered by the end of 2019, and the RSN is currently scheduled to operate all eight LMVs by 2020.
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