The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned three Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) into active service. The ceremony was held on January 31.
The vessels RSS Fortitude, RSS Dauntless and RSS Fearless are the final three of eight LMVs replacing RSN’s Fearless-class Patrol Vessels.
“Designed and built locally, the Independence-class LMVs are equipped with smarter technology and sharper capabilities to enable the RSN to operate more efficiently and effectively,” Singapore Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) said.
It added that the ship pushes the boundaries of engineering and design to deliver a more capable, faster and mission-flexible ship.
“Besides advanced radars and sensors, and improved sense-making systems to enhance situation awareness and accelerate decision-making, the concept of ‘design for support’ was incorporated upfront,” Singapore MINDEF said.
It noted that the mast of the LMV is designed to house the ship’s sensors internally to shield them from the harsh maritime environment and provide easier access for maintenance.
“The design change has halved the workload for maintenance compared to the Patrol Vessels they replaced, enabling the LMVs to be manned with a leaner crew,” MINDEF explained.