Final Three Littoral Mission Vessels Commissioned

RSS Fortitude, RSS Dauntless and RSS Fearless—the final three of eight Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)—were commissioned on 31 January 2020. The Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo, was the guest of honour for the commissioning ceremony held at Tuas Naval Base.

The LMVs were designed to carry out maritime security operations and safeguard Singapore’s sea lines of communications more effectively and efficiently. Although the LMVs are larger in size compared to their predecessors, the Fearless-class patrol vessels, their innovative design enables the LMVs to operate with a leaner crew size.

In her keynote address, Mrs Teo said that the LMVs are a testament to Singapore’s determination to defend its way of life despite its constraints, stating that “the LMVs have been able to halve the workload for maintenance compared to the patrol vessels they replace”. She also congratulated the LMV project team, comprising members of the RSN, Defence Science and Technology Agency, ST Engineering Marine, and other defence industry partners, for the successful delivery of all the eight vessels.

Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, the Chief of Navy; Mr Tan Peng Yam, Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Agency; Mr Vincent Chong, President and CEO of ST Engineering; Mr Ng Sing Chan, President, Marine of ST Engineering were among the guests who were present during the ceremony.

Mrs Josephine Teo (sixth from left), Minister of Manpower and Second Minister of Home Affairs, together with Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong (to her left) and the ST Engineering team.
RSS Fortitude, one of the three LMVs which were commissioned into service with the Republic of Singapore Navy on 31 January 2020.