Singapore’s first Invincible-class submarine launched

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Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s first of four Invincible-class submarine RSS Invincible was launched on February 18 at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Shipyard in Kiel, Germany.

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Singapore Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen graced the event. The launching event was also attended by Chief of German Navy Vice-Admiral Andreas Krause, Singapore’s Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong and senior defence officials from both countries.

“The RSN plays a key role in keeping [the] Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs) open, not only for Singapore, but indeed, for the world. And the maritime environment around Singapore also faces security challenges – In this context, the acquisition of the new Type 218SG submarines is timely,” Ng said.

He also announced the names of the remaining three submarines: Impeccable, Illustrious, and Inimitable. 

“Custom-built to Singapore’s needs, the new submarines will possess longer endurance and higher payloads. Following the launch, Invincible will undergo a series of sea trials before delivery to Singapore in 2021. The remaining three submarines are under construction,” Singapore Ministry of Defence said.