Singapore Navy has been put into service a new Independence-class littoral mission vessel

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The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has been put into service a new Independence-class littoral mission vessel developed by ST Engineering (Marine).

LMV Independence is one of the eight LMVs that will replace the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs). The new ships will be more efficient than their predecessors in areas such as speed and versatility.

Speaking at the event, Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lai Chung Han said: “It is an important milestone for the (LMV) programme. The homecoming of LMV Independence marks the conclusion of almost 2 years of the construction phase. It also marks the beginning of about 11 to 12 months of ICIT (Installation, Checkout, Integration and Testing). I think this is something we can be very proud of and something that we want to thank all involved for bringing the project to this point.”

Displacement: 1,200 tonnes (1,180 long tons; 1,320 short tons)
Length: 80 m (262 ft 6 in)
Beam: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Propulsion:
  • Combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) arrangement
  • 2 × MTU 20V 4000 M93, each rated at 4,300 kW (5,770 shp)[1]
  • Total output: 8,600 kW (11,500 shp)
Speed:
  • Maximum: 27 knots (50.0 km/h; 31.1 mph)
  • Cruising: 18 kn (33.3 km/h; 20.7 mph)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km)
Complement: Up to 23 baseline crew, up to 30 mission crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Search radar: Thales NS 100 S-band multi-function active electronically scanned array radar
  • Navigation radar: Kelvin HughesSharpEye
  • Fire control: Sagem Gun Fire-control System (GFS) [2]
  • 1 × STELOP COMPASS D
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
STELOP 360° all-round surveillance
Armament:
  • Guns: Oto Melara 76mm Super Rapid gun (mounted in stealth cupola)
  • 2 × Hitrole 12.7 mm (0.50 in) RCWS
  • 1 × 25mm Mk38 Mod2 Typhoon Weapon Station Stabilised Gun
  • 12 × MICA VL
  • Non-lethal: 2 x Long-Range Acoustic Device 500 Xtreme (LRAD500X)
Aviation facilities: Flight deck for one medium-lift helicopters

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