Singapore launches 8th littoral ship Fearless

The eight and final Independence-class littoral mission vessel of Singapore Navy, RSS Fearless, built by Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) was launched on January 26 at ST Engineering’s Benoi Shipyard.

Singapore has ordered eight littoral mission vessels. Five – RSS Independence, RSS Sovereignty, RSS Unity, RSS Justice and RSS Indomitable – are already in active service.

RSS Fortitude and RSS Dauntless were launched in 2018 and are in various stages of trials. They are expected to enter active service this year.

“The navy is every maritime nation’s first line of defence. A strong RSN is key to protecting our maritime sovereignty, and keeping our Sea Lines of Communication open. Singapore’s maritime agencies work together 24/7 to monitor threats,” Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How said during Fearless’ launching ceremony.

“The RSN augments this by conducting patrols around the clock – tirelessly – to keep our waters safe and secure. We do this to protect Singapore, Singaporeans, and our Singaporean way of life,” Heng noted.

He encouraged the newly launched ship’s crew to “live up to the fearless spirit of our founding fathers and continue to live out its legacy.”

“As you embark on your next journey to defend our sovereignty, our security, and our economic prosperity, I am confident that you will overcome all challenges fearlessly, never flagging in adversity,” he said.