Singaporean Navy 2011 and onwards
Singapore Air Force welcomes Seahawks into service
January 20, 2011
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has inducted the S-70B Seahawk into service.
During a ceremony at Sembawang AB on 18 January, the six aircraft were inaugurated into the RSAF's first naval unit, 123 Squadron.
The squadron will join the Helicopter Group under the Republic of Singapore Air Force's Participation Command, which was set up in 2007 to develop and deploy air power in support of land and maritime operations.
The Seahawks were ordered in January 2005 to operate from the Singapore Navy's Formidable Class frigates.
Training was carried out by the US Navy in Southern California under a programme called Peace Triton.
The RSAF said the integration of the naval helicopters with the frigates: 'Enables the RSAF to undertake anti-surface and anti-submarine missions at longer ranges.
'Each frigate's sophisticated command, control and communications suite allows it to network with a wide variety of SAF assets to increase force level awareness and mission effectiveness.'
By Tony Osborne, London
A bit more on this..............
Singapore's S-70B Seahawks enter service
By Greg Waldron
Singapore has inaugurated its six Sikorsky S-70B seaborne helicopters, establishing its first organic naval aviation capability.
The aircraft will join the Participation Command of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's 123 Sqn, says Singapore's defence ministry. The Participation Command was created in 2007 "to develop and deploy air power in support of land and maritime operations".
The Seahawks can be deployed from the country's six Formidable-class frigates. They arrived in Singapore in 2010 after a one-year deployment in San Diego, California.
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"The integration of the naval helicopters with the frigates enables the Singapore armed forces to undertake anti-surface and anti-submarine missions at longer ranges," the defence ministry says. "Each frigate's sophisticated command, control and communications suite allows it to network with a wide variety of assets to increase force-level awareness and mission effectiveness."
Although Singapore's territorial waters are limited, it sees the ability to project naval power as essential, given its location at the southern end of the strategic Straits of Malacca. Its warships also have participated in the international task force operating off the Horn of Africa to deter piracy, and in humanitarian operations.
Singapore has also shown an interest in possibly acquiring several of the US Navy's surplus Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the type's manufacturer has revealed. A letter of request has been issued, and the nation could be interested in four or five refurbished aircraft.
Five Fokker 50 maritime patrol aircraft are already in use by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
First Archer-Class Submarine Returns to Singapore
(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued Aug. 17, 2011)
The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) first Archer-class submarine, RSS Archer, arrived at Changi Naval Base (CNB) from Sweden earlier today. Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, and other senior naval officers were present at CNB to witness its return.
Launched in Karlskrona, Sweden on 16 Jun 2009, RSS Archer is one of two ex-Royal Swedish Navy Vaastergotland-class submarines acquired by Singapore in 2005. RSS Archer has been comprehensively upgraded, refurbished and tropicalised to ensure its suitability for operations in local conditions. Crew members of RSS Archer have also undergone extensive training in Sweden since 2007 to acquire the skillsets needed to operate and maintain the submarine.
RSS Archer will join 171 Squadron, under the RSN's Fleet Command, to enhance the RSN's capability to secure the seaward defence of Singapore and protect our vital sea lines of communication.
RSN Conducts Successful Missile Firing
(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued Aug. 24, 2011)
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) conducted a live-firing of the Barak anti-missile missile in the South China Sea earlier today as part of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise which the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is conducting with the United States Navy (USN). The missile was fired by the upgraded RSN missile corvette (MCV) RSS Valiant against an air drone target simulating a missile attack on the ship. The target was successfully destroyed.
Commanding Officer RSS Valiant, Lieutenant Colonel Goh Kian Ngiap said that the exercise was valuable to both the RSN and USN. "The CARAT exercise is a great opportunity for both the RSN and USN to interact and exercise with each together. Many good ideas were exchanged, and the bonds of friendship strengthened," said LTC Goh.
In addition, RSN personnel who took part in the exercise found value in working alongside their USN counterparts. Weapon Systems (Control) Operator Military Expert 1 William Kang, who fired the Barak missile said, "This was a wonderful learning experience for me in exercising with personnel from the USN. It was also excellent to see the entire crew's teamwork in action and executing the successful missile hit."
Present at the firing was Minister of State for Defence and Education Lawrence Wong, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and National Development Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Ng Chee Peng. Similar missile firings have been conducted in previous CARAT exercises. The exercise is presently ongoing and will conclude on 29 Aug 2011.
Minister for Defence Commissions RSS Archer
(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued Dec. 2, 2011)
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at a ceremony to mark the commissioning of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) first Archer-class submarine, RSS Archer, at Changi Naval Base this morning. During the ceremony, Dr Ng presented the commissioning warrant to Commanding Officer, RSS Archer, Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) Jack Nyeo. Dr Ng also visited RSS Archer where he was briefed by LTC Jack Nyeo on the enhanced capabilities of RSS Archer.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Dr Ng highlighted that the RSN would continue to build up and modernise its maritime warfare capabilities to better safeguard Singapore's interest. "The strengthening of our submarine capability is in line with this overall development plan to allow the RSN to better exploit the underwater dimension in maritime operations," said Dr Ng.
He added that, RSS Archer, as the first Archer-class submarine, significantly enhances the RSN's submarine capability and strengthens Singapore's ability to contribute to the peace and stability of the region.
The Archer-class submarines were acquired from the Royal Swedish Navy in 2005 and RSS Archer was launched on 16 June 2009 in Karlskrona, Sweden. The first Archer-class submarine arrived in Singapore on 17 August 2011 and had successfully conducted various system verifications and sea trials in local conditions as part of its operationalisation process.
With the enhanced capabilities and combat system such as the Air Independent Propulsion and advanced sonar systems, the Archer-class submarines will increase the RSN's operational readiness to better secure the seaward defence of Singapore.
The pioneer crew of RSS Archer had completed comprehensive training comprising a Submarine System Training Phase, where they were taught to operate the various advanced systems, as well as a Team Training phase, where mission-oriented trainings were conducted.
Also present at the ceremony were Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development) Dr Tan Kim Siew, Chief Defence Scientist Quek Tong Boon, Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng as well as senior officers from the SAF.
Why call a submarine "Archer"? How do you use a bow and arrow under water?
How do you know its not named after a person...............?
Just a thought...........
Well the second of class is to be called Swordsman, which might be an even more difficuly feat underwater!
Nah, that's a reflection on the sexual capabilities of the Captain......................
Originally Posted by JKM Mk2
Minister for Defence Visits Republic of Singapore Navy's Fleet
Posted: 15 May 2012, 1750 hours (Time is GMT +8 hours)
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, accompanied by Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong and Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, receiving a brief by Colonel Frederick Chew, Commanding Officer, 185 Squadron on the Fleet Exercise.
Dr Ng launching the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from the upgraded Missile Corvette, RSS Valiant.
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen visited the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) earlier today, where he observed a Fleet Exercise at the South China Sea. The visit was hosted by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Ng Chee Peng. Upon arrival on board the Formidable-Class Frigate RSS Stalwart, Dr Ng was briefed by Fleet Commander RADM Lai Chung Han on the exercise and an update on the progress made to integrate the naval helicopters with the frigates. The Fleet exercise also marked the RSN's achievement of Full Operational Capability for the naval helicopters.
During the visit, Dr Ng observed a demonstration of the integrated operations between the naval helicopters and the frigates and also witnessed the RSN conduct a multi-dimensional exercise encompassing Anti-Air, Anti-Surface and Anti-Submarine Warfare in the frigate's Combat Information Centre. The exercise, comprising frigates, missile corvettes, naval helicopters and unmanned systems underscored the RSN's abilities to operate as an integrated task group which is highly networked and integrated into the wider Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) Integrated Knowledge-based Command and Control network. This ability allows the RSN to see further, sense faster, and act decisively to achieve mission effectiveness in various dimensions of naval warfare.
Dr Ng also went on board the Victory-Class Missile Corvette (MCV) RSS Valiant where he was briefed on the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system that was acquired as part of the MCV upgrade programme to enhance the MCV's air surveillance capabilities. Speaking after the visit, Dr Ng commented on the SAF's ability to integrate new and existing platforms thereby delivering a significant improvement to our overall fighting capabilities. He said 'The RSN has used this opportunity to have our naval helicopters achieved its full operating capability. I am happy to report that they have achieved it. It strengthened us substantially, the naval ships have helicopters as part of their operations and it gives them the extended reach, are able to protect themselves against submarines and against other surface threats. Dr Ng also underscored the professionalism, competency and fighting spirit of the servicemen which remained key to the success of the RSN's transformation efforts. He added that that the NSmen have been able to keep up to date. "They say that it is challenging but they are up to the task. I like the spirit that they are trying very hard and are succeeding on many fronts," he said.
As part of the visit, Dr Ng also interacted with personnel from the participating ships and naval helicopters on board the Endurance-Class Landing Ship Tank RSS Persistence. Dr Ng was accompanied by Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong and other senior officers from the SAF.