Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the fifth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Indomitable, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The ceremony was officiated by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament. Mrs Tan Lik Ling, spouse of Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, took on the role as the lady sponsor in accordance with naval traditions to name and launch the vessel at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard. The event was witnessed by many senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces.
“2017 is an eventful year for the Littoral Mission Vessel programme. Early this year, we delivered the third LMV Unity; launched the fourth LMV Justice; keel-laid the sixth LMV and steel-cut the seventh & eighth LMVs. It is also the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Golden Jubilee Year. As part of the celebrations, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong officiated the commissioning of the first-of-class LMV, RSS Independence.
Today, the launch of the fifth LMV Indomitable marks yet another milestone in this significant journey. The LMVs are a new generation of smarter, faster and sharper ships designed and built in close collaboration with DSTA and the RSN. These ships strengthen the RSN's ability in the seaward defence of Singapore. We are proud and honoured to be able to play a part in the development of Singapore's maritime security roadmap.
I wish to record my appreciation to all the project teams from DSTA, the RSN and our many other industry partners whose dedication and professionalism have brought about the success of this programme to-date.” said Ng Sing Chan, President for ST Marine.
ST Marine was awarded the contract by MINDEF in 2013 to design and build eight LMVs for the RSN. The fleet of the eight LMVs will replace the Fearless-class Patrol Vessels designed and built by ST Marine in the 1990s.