Strengthening our Seaward Defence
16 Nov 2017

On 14 Nov 2017, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated the commissioning ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s Littoral Mission Vessels (LMV) RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity at RSS Singapura – Changi Naval Base.

RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity are the second and third ships out of eight LMVs that will replace the ageing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels which have been in service for more than 20 years. The first-of-class LMV RSS Independence was commissioned on 5 May 2017 and the remaining five LMVs are expected to be operational by 2020.

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Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ng said, “… today’s event is a wonderful testament to the joint capabilities and hard work of RSN, DSTA and ST Engineering. It is also a fitting tribute that three LMVs are rendered fully operational during RSN’s Golden Jubilee year, especially so when one considers the sophisticated capabilities of the LMV.”

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DSTA, working closely with RSN and industry partners, designed and delivered a smarter, faster, and mission-flexible ship, with increased capabilities and endurance to undertake a wider spectrum of operations. Despite being bigger and more complex than its predecessors, the LMV operates with 33 per cent less crew.

The LMVs are also equipped with a Combat Management System (CMS) - an advanced command and control system developed by DSTA that integrates the many sensors and weapons on board. Leveraging automation and connectivity, the CMS allows the crew to see further and act faster.

Programme Manager (Naval Systems) Jeffrey Tan, whose team worked on the CMS said, “In seeing further, the CMS enables the LMV to be connected to the larger RSN network, vastly increasing their situational awareness as they are no longer limited to just their own shipboard sensors.”

Jeffrey also added that innovative solutions were developed to transform the LMV’s combat consoles with multi-touch screens and an intuitive user interface. “The combat consoles are also integrated to all weapon suites, including the non-lethal options, such that one operator can now operate all these systems from the same console, thus enabling them to act faster,” he shared.

The commissioning of RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity marks a significant milestone as the two LMVs join the rest of the Navy to safeguard Singapore’s waters, protect its sea lines of communication and contribute to regional peace and security.

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