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)|
|Range:||3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km)|
|Complement:||Up to 23 baseline crew, up to 30 mission crew|
|STELOP 360° all-round surveillance|
|Aviation facilities:||Flight deck for one medium-lift helicopters|