Singapore Navy Launches First of 8 New Warships
(Source: Channel News Asia; posted July 3, 2015)
Computer image of the Singapore Navy’s future Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV). Displacing 1,250 tonnes, they have a top speed of over 27 kts and are similar in concept and design to the DCNS L’Adroit. (Singapore MoD photo)
SINGAPORE --- The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) launched the first of eight new warships, titled Independence, on Friday (Jul 3).

The new Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) – which were designed, planned and built locally – will eventually replace the existing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, which have been in service for 20 years.

Compared to the Patrol Vessels, these LMVs have various customisable mission modules, including medical containers and unmanned systems, that can be reconfigured to respond to different circumstances and roles from counter-piracy, mine clearing to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Also of note is the level of automation on board for a ship of its size and function - just 23 men are required to crew at the baseline level, compared to around 30 for the previous generation patrol vessels.

Working with Defence Science and Technology Agency engineers, the RSN has managed to design the ship to require half the maintenance time of the patrol vessels, allowing more time out at sea. It is also fitted with a helicopter deck to extend its reach.

At the launch of the Independence, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said that while the ships are more capable compared to its predecessors - with more automation, intelligent systems, and firepower, "nothing can replace the spirit of the men and women of the RSN in ensuring success for every mission".

"The LMV is not just another new ship, but instead will lead the way in how we use technology to overcome operational demands. That is the ethos of Singapore as we celebrate our Golden Jubilee. How we look at our problems and say 'we can overcome'. Even if we have a reduction of manpower, we will do it. There will be a way that we can find, that we can surmount our challenges and find the spirit which our founding fathers did," Dr Ng said.

He also said that the names for all eight vessels were chosen with the help of many Singaporeans, and reflect the values of the nation's founding fathers and the pioneer generation - Independence, Sovereignty, Unity, Justice, Indomitable, Fortitude, Dauntless and Fearless.

"These are fine names, and I charge the RSN to live up to them," said Dr Ng.

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MTU Powers Newly Unveiled Republic of Singapore Navy’s Littoral Mission Vessel
(Source: Rolls-Royce Germany; issued July 03, 2015)
SINGAPORE --- Employees and guests, including senior representatives from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Ministry of Defence, gathered at Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) to witness the launching of the RSN’s newest vessel, Independence, by Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of Singapore’s Minister for Defence.

This is the first of the series of eight new patrol vessels currently under construction in ST Marine for the RSN since June 2014.

All eight Littoral Mission Vessels (LMV) will be powered by MTU Series 4000 diesel engines. Each LMV will be equipped with four of these engines, known for their low consumption and long service life, with each unit producing 4300kW (5766bhp) at 2100 rpm. MTU Series 4000 diesel engines offer unrivalled power density in terms of volume-to power ratio and power-to-weight ratio. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

The LMV is 80m in length with a full displacement of 1250 tonnes and can operate to a maximum range of 3500 nautical mile (6,475 kilometer) with top speeds in excess of 27 knots (13.89mps). These LMVs are versatile and are designed to undertake a wide range of maritime security operations and missions to safeguard vital sea lines of communications. Adopting the concept of “mission modularity”, these vessels are highly configurable and can be equipped with a range of mission modules to meet the specific mission needs.

As a pioneer in the marine engine industry, MTU has been supplying high performance engines to Asia and global customers for over 100 years and has become a preferred supplier of coast guards and navies around the world.

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