The Indomitable Spirit
26 Sep 2017

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) launched its fifth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), the Indomitable on 23 September 2017.

Officiating the ceremony was Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, accompanied by his wife Mrs Tan Lik Ling who launched the warship.

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Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Tan said: “Indomitable, which is a new ship name for the RSN, is significant as it embodies the legacy of our pioneers and encapsulates the spirit of Singapore… As we launch the Indomitable today, let us also be inspired by the legacy of our forefathers as well as our fellow Singaporeans of today, and carry on their work to stand together to protect the home that we love.”

Mr Tan also highlighted the efforts of the RSN, DSTA and local defence partners in collaborating to conceptualise and design the “Uniquely Singapore” vessel from scratch.

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The LMVs are designed to be more capable, faster and mission-flexible with better seakeeping and endurance that can be manned with a leaner crew to replace the Fearless-class Patrol Vessels.

The programme marks many innovative “firsts”, including the use of Cognitive Task Analysis and modelling and simulation by DSTA to validate the new operating concept and workflows of the ship’s Integrated Command Centre.

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Seeing the launch of Indomitable was a fulfilling experience for DSTA’s Engineer (Naval Systems) Low Ruo Qi, who is part of a DSTA team that integrates systems on board the LMV. “It is always exciting to witness major milestones of the LMV programme. The strong teamwork and “can-do” spirit within the team was key to the delivery of this complex programme.”

The first LMV, RSS Independence, commissioned during the RSN’s Golden Jubilee in May 2017, was involved in search and rescue efforts for the missing crew of the dredger JBB De Rong 19 that had collided with tanker Kartika Segara. The other three launched LMVs, Sovereignty, Unity and Justice are presently undergoing sea trials.

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