The Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG) will be receiving a new batch of patrol boats as part of efforts to improve security along the country's coastal waters.
Speaking in parliament on 2 March, Singapore's Minister for Home Affairs (MHA), Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, described the new vessels as "fifth generation PT-class patrol boats" that will replace the service's current fleet of "third-generation boats".
These third-generation vessels probably refer to the PCG's fleet of 18 m patrol craft that were built by Geraldton Boats in Australia, and delivered to the PCG from 1999. These vessels have a top speed of 40 kt, and are armed with manually operated 7.62 mm machine guns.
In response to queries from Jane's on 4 March, an MHA spokesperson has described the new fifth-generation vessels as having top speeds in excess of 55 kt, and equipped with "advanced surveillance capabilities". However, the ministry has stopped short of giving further elaboration on these capabilities.
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