The Marine arm of ST Engineering has successfully launched the final of eight Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs), it was contracted to build for the Republic of Singapore Navy as part of a 2013 contract.
The 8th vessel of the class, is being built at Benoi shipyard, where the previous seven vessels were built.
“Today marks a major milestone in the shipbuilding history of ST Engineering. Six years ago, together with MINDEF, RSN, and Defence Science and Technology Agency, we embarked on this journey to design and build these eight state-of-the-art Independence-Class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs). This is the last of the eight to be launched and named. For this project to come to this stage is yet another testament to our deep engineering capabilities in large-scale engineering projects,” said Ng Sing Chan, President, Marine, ST Engineering. “
ST Engineering has delivered six vessels till date; RSS Independence, RSS Sovereignty, RSS Unity, RSS Justice, RSS Indomitable and LMV Fortitude.
The new fleet of eight LMVs will replace the Fearless-Class Patrol Vessels, also designed and built by the ST Engineering in the 1990s.