Sunday, 5 July 2015

New Singapore-made warship launched: Littoral Mission Vessel, Independence

Littoral mission vessel Independence is first of 8 new ships fully designed and built here
By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent, The Straits Times, 4 Jul 2015

The first of Singapore's eight new locally built warships was launched yesterday.

Littoral mission vessel (LMV) the Independence boasts high-tech systems that deliver quicker and greater firepower than existing patrol vessels, and require a smaller crew. Littoral mission vessels are ships that operate close to the shore.

The warship is the first to be wholly designed and built here since the first Endurance-class Landing Ship Tank was launched in 1998.

At yesterday's ceremony, Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, performed the naval tradition of smashing a bottle of champagne against its hull.

"I name this ship Independence. May God bless her and all who sail on her." With this customary phrase, Mrs Ivy Ng, wife of Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officially launched Singapore's first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV). Smarter, faster and sharper, the LMV features an integrated and centralised operation control to boost operational effectiveness and efficiency.Check out this video to find out more!
Posted by cyberpioneer on Friday, July 3, 2015

With the delivery and operationalisation of the LMVs over the next five years, the Republic of Singapore Navy will be able to retire its fleet of 11 Fearless-class vessels, after two decades of service.

The deal to build the LMVs was signed in 2013. ST Marine partnered Saab Kockums AB to design and build them while Defence Science and Technology Agency engineers put together their systems and oversaw their development.

The 80m-long vessel - more than twice the size of its predecessor - can travel further and faster.

Powered by four engines, it can hit speeds in excess of 27 knots and travel 3,500 nautical miles - as far as Sydney - for up to 14 days at sea without stopping to refuel.

RSN sailors worked with engineers and scientists to design a ship tailored to today's needs.

DSTA naval systems programme director Matthew Yong said: "We ensure our systems suit the operators rather than getting the operators to get used to the technology."

Lieutenant-Colonel Chew Chun-Chau, who heads the LMV project office, said: "We looked at sailors' height, the length of their arms and habits... and scrutinised the best place to put every button or switch on the ship's console. Even the height of the chairs is customised to the average height of servicemen."

Littoral mission vessel
They are smarter, faster and sharper. And they will further strengthen the RSN's ability in ensuring the seaward defence of Singapore.They are our next-gen warships, the littoral mission vessels (LMVs). We look forward in anticipation as the first of our eight LMVs, Independence, begins its voyage.
Posted by Republic of Singapore Navy on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The vessel has been fitted with high-resolution touchscreens and computer systems to streamline work processes. It is operated by 23 crew members - seven fewer than the outgoing patrol vessel.

It used to take six men to launch a sea boat on the patrol vessel. With the LMV, it takes only two.

One of its unique features is an integrated command centre that brings together the combat, engineering and navigation teams, allowing sailors to communicate faster. Only Dutch and US navy warships have such a feature now.

Lieutenant-Colonel Tay Choong Hern, who leads the warship's team, said: "It certainly makes the job much faster, so we can deliver sharper responses."

He and his crew will put the Independence through sea trials from next year, after its combat systems are installed.

It is expected to be battle-ready by 2017. The others are expected to be operational by 2020.

Just yesterday, 3 Jul, our next-gen littoral mission vessel (LMV), Independence, was put into water for the very first...
Posted by Republic of Singapore Navy on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Timelapse video of littoral mission vessel (LMV)
Watch this timelapse video to see how our next-gen warship, the littoral mission vessel (LMV), is constructed![Music credit:]#LMVLaunch
Posted by Republic of Singapore Navy on Sunday, July 5, 2015


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