ST Marine celebrates the launch of the 4th Littoral Mission Vessel for Republic of Singapore Navy

Naval Industry News - Singapore
ST Marine celebrates the launch of the 4th Littoral Mission Vessel for Republic of Singapore Navy
Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the fourth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Justice, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
RSN fourth Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Justice SingaporeThe launching of the fourth Littoral Mission Vessel - Justice, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy. Picture: ST Marine.
The ceremony was officiated by Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Mdm Sadiah Shahal, spouse of Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, 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 Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces.

“The LMV programme is progressing well. Today marks yet another significant milestone for the team, the launch of the fourth Littoral Mission Vessel – Justice. Our sincere thanks to all project teams from MINDEF, DSTA, RSN and our many other partners for their collaborative effort, hard-work and commitment. We all look forward to the commissioning of the first LMV Independence in May this year,” 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 55 Patrol Vessels designed and built by ST Marine in the 1990s. The first two, named, LMV Independence and LMV Sovereignty were delivered in 2016. The third, LMV Unity and the fourth, LMV Justicewill be delivered in the first and second half 2017 respectively. Both LMVs are currently undergoing the Checkout, Integration and Testing (CIT) for weapon and sensor systems on-board. The rest of the vessels are under construction or in the pre-construction phase. The LMV programme is expected to be completed in 2020.
LMVA unique design feature of the LMVs is the co-location of the ship's vital controls in an Integrated Command Centre. This area in the ship houses the LMV's Bridge, Combat Information Centre, and Machinery Control Room - which are usually housed in separate parts of a warship.
Picture of LMV Independence by RSN/ Chua Soon Lye
Smarter, faster and sharper, the LMVs are highly capable warships designed and equipped with advanced combat capabilities and technologies to further strengthen the RSN’s ability in protecting our sea lines of communication. With an innovative design and vast array of sense-making and decision support systems, the LMVs can operate smarter with a leaner crew for greater effectiveness and efficiency. The 80m long vessels are 2.5 times larger in size and can travel faster than the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs). They are highly manoeuvrable and can operate in confined and congested littoral waters effectively. Equipped with sharper and advanced combat capabilities and technologies, the LMVs can be quickly configured with mission modules to take on a wide spectrum of operations, allowing the crew to deliver calibrated responses using lethal and non-lethal options to deal with a range of maritime threats.