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Singapore unveils new Littoral Mission Vessel simulation centre

26 September 2018
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Bridge, combat, and engineering functions are fully replicated at the RSN's new LMV SIMCEN. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has inaugurated a dedicated simulation centre designed to provide nearly the full spectrum of instruction, from operator component training to full-mission rehearsals, to crews assigned to its Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs).

The new LMV Simulation Centre (SIMCEN) is operated by 182 Squadron – an operational component of the Singapore Armed Forces’ Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) – and has been christened RSS Daring, a name that had earlier been assigned to a Fearless-class patrol vessel that was decommissioned on 19 July after 21 years of service.

The LMV SIMCEN is located at the western Tuas Naval Base, where the LMVs are also homeported, and has been jointly developed by the RSN and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). It features a tension fabric structure that measures 80 m long and 30 m wide, and houses an instructor operation centre, two full-scale LMV Integrated Command Centre- (ICC) simulation halls, and several briefing rooms.

The facility is the first of its kind to be developed for the RSN and is currently managed by a commanding officer and five instructors, who are augmented by artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted systems that enable a single instructor to manage an entire training session.

Each ICC simulator replicates the exact functions aboard an LMV’s ICC, which integrates a traditionally separated bridge, combat information centre (CIC), and machinery control room (MCR) functions into a single shared space for increased situational awareness and operating efficiencies in congested littoral environments.

Similar to the ICC aboard the LMVs, both simulators comprise seven crew stations – or ʻclusters’ – with engineering and navigation functions located towards the forward section of the ICC, followed by the command cluster where the commanding officer and principal warfare officer are positioned; the surveillance and weapons clusters are situated immediately to the rear of the command cluster.

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