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  1. #31

    ST Marine lays keel for Singapore's fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    31 August 2016

    Key Points
    • Singapore has laid down its fourth Independence-class warship
    • Progress indicates that the republic is on track to operate all eight platforms by 2020

    Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has laid down a fourth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), the country's Ministry of Defence confirmed with IHS Jane's on 31 August.

    The platform, which is a part of an eight-vessel contract signed between the Singapore government and ST Marine that was announced in January 2013, was laid on 26 May at ST Marine's shipyard in Jurong. First- and second-of-class, Independence and Sovereignty , were launched on July 2015 and April 2016 respectively.

    The LMV has been jointly designed by Saab Kockums AB and ST Marine. The ships will replace the RSN's fleet of 11 Fearless-class patrol vessels that have been in service since the mid-1990s.

    The 1,250-tonne platform features a length of 80 m, a beam of 12 m, and a draught of 3 m. Each vessel is powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines and can attain top speeds in excess of 27 kt, and a standard range of 3,500 n miles at 15 kt.
    The LMV can accommodate a baseline crew complement of 23, including five officers, and features mission endurance of 14 days.

    The vessel's offensive capabilities are provided by one Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid main gun, two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations (one each on the port and starboard sides), and one Rafael 25 mm Typhoon stabilised naval gun system at the rear of the bridge section.

    For defence against hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions, the LMVs have been equipped with a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section that can launch MBDA's VL Mica anti-air missiles.

    The platform's aft section features a flight deck that can accommodate one medium-lift helicopter, and a launch and recovery system for two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), or the Protector unmanned surface vessel (USV).

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  2. #32

    Singapore's first Littoral Mission Vessel set for May 2017 commissioning

    Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    13 October 2016


    A total of eight Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels will be built for the Republic of Singapore Navy. Seen here is lead ship Independence. Source: IHS/Kelvin Wong

    Independence, the lead ship of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) development programme, is on track to be commissioned in May 2017.

    Lieutenant Colonel Chew Chun-Chau, head of the LMV programme, told media during a sail out aboard Independence on 30 September that further testing of the ship's combat management system (CMS) and mission systems will be conducted over the following months leading up to its planned commissioning.

    Lt Col Chew also highlighted that studies are under way to develop a series of mission modules that will enable the ship to be quickly configured for specialised roles. For example, he revealed that medical intervention modules - called Rapidly Deployable Maritime Containers (RDMC) - were trialled in July.


    Independence prepares to receive a rigid hull boat onto one of its stern ramps during a sea demonstration on 30 September. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)

    "We are also looking into deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the mission deck," he told IHS Jane's on the ship's 25 m-long and 12.8 m-wide mission deck. "We can install up to four 20 ft containers in the aft with a space of about 10x10 m for UAV operations.

    "Right now the navy employs the [Boeing Insitu] ScanEagle UAV … and there is more than enough space to install the catapult launcher and skyhook recovery systems on this deck," he added, noting that the RSN is still exploring other UAV platforms. "If we decide to introduce vertical take-off and landing UAVs, then we don't require these [recovery] systems."

    Independence was launched at ST Marine's Benoi shipyard on 3 July 2015, and had been put through a series of harbour acceptance tests and sea trials prior to its handover to the RSN Maritime Security Task Force's (MSTF's) 182 Squadron on 26 May 2016.


    Unlike the older patrol vessels, the engineering and navigation cluster on the LMV features fully digitised consoles. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)

    Eight of these 80 m-long, 1,250-tonne multimission platforms were funded by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in January 2013. These ships will eventually replace the RSN's 11 ageing Fearless-class patrol vessels, which entered service in the mid-1990s.


    The Independence-class LMV's twin stern ramps can accommodate rigid hull boats up to 11 m in length. Unmanned surface vessel applications are also being considered. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)

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  3. #33

    ST Marine launches Singapore's third Littoral Mission Vessel

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    13 October 2016

    Key Points
    • Singapore has launched its third Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel
    • The Republic of Singapore Navy is on schedule to operate all eight vessels in the class by 2020

    Shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).


    The third Littoral Mission Vessel on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy, Unity, at its launch ceremony on 13 October 2016. (IHS/Ridzwan Rahmat)

    The platform, which will be the future RSS Unity (17), was launched on 13 October at the company's shipyard in Benoi. The event was attended by Singapore's senior minister of state for defence, Ong Ye Kung, and senior members of the Singapore Armed Forces.

    Unity is part of eight 80 m LMVs ordered under a January 2013 contract to replace the RSN's 11 Fearless-class patrol vessels that have been in service since the mid-1990s. "The LMVs are far more capable and versatile, and will take RSN into the future," said Ong in his launch ceremony address.

    First-of-class Independence (15) was launched in July 2015, while second ship Sovereignty (16) first took to the water in April 2016.

    Quickly configurable with a variety of modules, including airborne operations, maritime interdictions, and humanitarian missions, the LMV has been positioned as a multipurpose patrol ship that can take on a wide range of duties with the RSN.

    The 1,250-tonne platform has a top speed in excess of 27 kt and an endurance of 14 days. The ship can accommodate a baseline crew of 23 including five officers, and embark a medium-lift helicopter on its flight deck.

    The LMV's defensive capabilities are provided by one Oto Melara 76 mm main 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.

    Protection 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.

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  4. #34

    ST Marine lays keel for Singapore's fifth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    11 November 2016



    The 1,250-tonne platform, which will be the future RSS Indomitable, was laid down on 11 November at the shipyard's facilities in Jurong.

    Indomitable is part of a contract for eight LMVs acquired by the Singapore government to replace the RSN's 11 Fearless-class patrol boats, a number of which have been in service for more than 20 years.

    First-of-class Independence was launched in July 2015, while third-of-class Unity was launched in October 2016. The fourth vessel, Justice, is currently under construction at ST Marine's facilities in Benoi, having been laid down in May 2016.

    The LMV platform features a length of 80 m, a beam of 12 m, and a draught of 3 m. Powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines each, the platform can reach top speeds in excess of 27 kt, and a standard range of 3,500 n miles at 15 kt.

    The LMV's suite of weapons include a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section that can launch MBDA's VL Mica anti-air missiles, and one Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid main gun.

    All eight LMVs are expected to be operational by 2020.

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  5. #35

    UDT Asia: Singapore’s growing underwater confidence

    11th January 2017 - 12:00

    by Chen Chuanren in Singapore



    This year the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) commemorates 20 years of submarine operations as it anticipates the arrival of two new ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Type 218SG submarines in 2020.

    The RSN committed to this purchase in 2013, with construction beginning in June 2015 at the TKMS shipyard in Kiel, Germany.

    According to a model displayed at IMDEX 2015, the Type 218SG will displace around 2,000t, will be 70m in length, 6.3m wide and feature an X-rudder that is optimal for shallow-water littoral operations.

    The RSN’s small but potent submarine force currently consists of two Challenger-class diesel-electrics and two*Archer-class air-independent propulsion submarines, all of which are refurbished ex-Swedish Navy boats.

    After almost two decades of cpability and capacity building between Sweden and Singapore, the RSN opened a Submarine Training Centre at Changi Naval Base in March 2015. It meets all operational training and qualification requirements for submariners with realistic simulators.

    Elsewhere, in terms of underwater technology and in line with a vision to operate a fully autonomous mine countermeasure fleet, the RSN has operationalised the Hydroid Remus 100 and the ECA K-Ster expendable mine disposal vehicle into upgraded Bedok-class mine countermeasure vessels.

    The portable REMUS was used with great flexibility during the search for AirAsia Fight QZ8501, where it was airlifted by a C-130 and operated from an Endurance-class LST.

    ‘The full suite of unmanned mine countermeasure capabilities that the RSN will have in the near future will enhance the mission effectiveness in dealing with mines and waterborne improvised explosive devices,’ explained Lt Col Gerald Lee, commanding officer of 194 Squadron.

    He added, ‘The key advantages it will offer are the ability to lower the risk to our men and women, and increased sustainability in operations.’

  6. #36

    Singapore retires Fearless-class patrol boat in preparation for LMV induction

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    08 March 2017

    Key Points
    • Singapore has begun decommissioning its Fearless-class patrol boats
    • Class will be retired to make way for the republic's new Littoral Mission Vessels

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has decommissioned the 55 m Fearless-class patrol vessel, RSS Independence (87), after 19 years of service.


    The Republic of Singapore Navy's Fearless-class patrol vessel, RSS Independence, while on duty in the South China Sea. The ship was decommissioned on 8 March 2017. (Ministry of Defence, Singapore)

    The boat was formally retired on 8 March at Tuas Naval Base in a decommissioning ceremony presided over by RSN chief Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han.

    The Fearless class, which has been referred to by the country's ministry of defence as the first warships wholly designed and built in Singapore, has been operational since 1996, and is being progressively retired to make way for the RSN's new Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs).

    Independence was launched by then Singapore Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited (currently known as ST Marine) in April 1998. The vessel was mostly deployed for maritime surveillance, patrol, and escort operations while in service with the RSN's 182 Squadron, as part of the Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF).

    The 508-tonne, water-jet-propelled platform is powered by two MTU 12V 595 TE90 diesel engines, giving it a top speed on 20 kt and a standard range of 1,800 n miles at 15 kt. Defensive capabilities are provided for by an Oto Melara 76 mm naval gun and 12.7 mm machine guns. A number of vessels in the Fearless class are also armed with a 25 mm gun system.

    The name 'RSS Independence' will be handed over to Singapore's first LMV, which is due to be commissioned in mid-2017, along with its operational duties in 182 Squadron.

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  7. #37

    ST Marine launches Singapore's fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    20 March 2017


    The Republic of Singapore Navy's fourth Littoral Mission Vessel, Justice, at its launching ceremony on 18 March. Source: ST Marine

    Key Points
    • Singapore has launched its fourth Littoral Mission Vessel
    • Republic is on track to operate all eight LMV platforms by 2020

    Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the fourth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

    The ship, which will be the future RSS Justice with pennant number 18, was launched on 18 March at the company's facilities in Benoi. The 80 m platform is part of a contract for eight LMVs signed between ST Marine and the Singapore Ministry of Defence in 2013.

    According to Jane's Fighting Ships the LMV platform features a full-load displacement of 1,250 tonnes, can accommodate a baseline crew of 23 including five officers, and embark a medium-lift helicopter on its flight deck. Powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines, the vessel can attain top speeds in excess of 27 kt, and a standard range of 3,500 n miles (6,482 km) at 15 kt.

    The LMV's defensive capabilities are provided by one Oto Melara 76 mm main 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. Defence against aerial threats is provided by MBDA's VL Mica anti-air missile system deployed via a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section.

    Justice expected to be fully operational by 2018, and the RSN is currently scheduled to operate all eight LMVs by 2020.

    The first three vessels, Independence, Sovereignty, and Unity, are currently undergoing sea trials. The first-of-class is due for commissioning on 5 May 2017 as part of the RSN's golden jubilee celebrations.

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  8. #38

    Singapore Navy unveils fourth LMV Justice

    21st March 2017 - 8:00

    by The Shephard News Team



    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has launched its fourth littoral mission vessel (LMV), Justice, at the Singapore Technologies Marine's Benoi shipyard, the Ministry of Defence announced on 18 March.

    The LMVs are faster, versatile and equipped with sharper capabilities to strengthen the RSN's effectiveness in seaward defence.

    The LMVs can be configured with mission modules to take on a wide spectrum of operations, enabling the crew to deliver calibrated responses using lethal and non-lethal options to deal with a range of maritime threats.

    Justice is the fourth of eight LMVs that will be built for the navy, under an agreement between the Defence Ministry and Singapore Technologies Marine.

    The LMV Justice is anticipated to be fully operational by 2018 and all eight LMVs by 2020. Currently, the first three LMVs, Independence, Sovereignty and Unity are undergoing sea trials.

    Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State for Defence, said: 'The LMVs aptly illustrate how the RSN is looking ahead to the next 50 years to make sure it stays relevant and ready for the challenges ahead.

    'The RSN has designed the LMV to conduct a wider range of operations in a more complex environment. It will give the RSN greater mission flexibility and sustainability.'

  9. #39

    You know, if those LMV's had a helicopter hangar they would be ideal for Australia's OPV 's IMHO

  10. #40

    The RSN LMV reminds me of the DCNS L'Adroit.

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