The launch ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy's eighth and final Littoral Mission Vessel,
Fearless. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)
ST Engineering’s marine arm has launched the eighth and final Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The ship, which will be in service as RSS
(22) once commissioned, was launched on 26 January at ST Engineering’s shipyard in Benoi, Singapore.
is part of a contract signed between ST Engineering and the Singapore Ministry of Defence in 2013. The programme seeks to replace the RSN’s class of 12 55 m Fearless-class patrol vessels with eight corvette-sized LMVs.
The first-of-class, RSS
(15), was commissioned in May 2017, while second and third ships in the class, RSS
(16) and RSS
(17) were commissioned in November the same year. Meanwhile,
(19), the fourth and fifth boats in the class respectively, were commissioned in August 2018.
The LMV has an overall length of 80 m, an overall beam of 12 m, and a hull draught of 3 m. It 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.
Powered by four MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines, the LMV can attain top speeds of more than 27 kt and a standard range of 3,500 n miles (6,482 km) at 15 kt.
Although the LMV platform has been designed to embark a medium-lift helicopter on the flight deck, only lead ship
and the last three ships in the class,