SINGAPORE - The eight names of Singapore's latest warships have been decided - Independence, Sovereignty, Unity, Justice, Indomitable, Fortitude, Dauntless and Fearless - after a public naming contest organised by the Republic of Singapore Navy that attracted over 12,000 entries.
Two of the eight names are new - Indomitable and Fortitude - while the remaining six names are from the existing Fearless-class patrol vessels that will be replaced.
"Beyond reflecting the theme of Singapore's nationhood, these names also carry the ideals that our founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew and our pioneers fought for as well as the attributes they exemplified," the Ministry Of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement today.
Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen announced on his Facebook page that the first vessel Littoral Mission Vessels (LMV) will be called RSS Independence. RSS Independence will be launched on July 3 by Dr Ng.
The ship class name, which identifies a group of vessels of similar design, usually borrow its names from the pioneer ship. MINDEF has not confirmed if the warships will be called the Independence-class.
The eight LMVs are made in Singapore. Construction started on Sep 11, 2014 by Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) in Jurong.
Designed to replace the 11 existing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs) from the RSN's 182/9 Squadron under the Maritime Security Task Force, these LMVs will be equipped with armaments like the Typhoon and Hitrole Weapon Stations, making them suitable for missions within littoral zones, or confined waters such as the Singapore Strait, and Strait of Malacca to the west.
According to the MINDEF website, the LMVs are also built to be versatile, capable of being configured with various "blocks", or mission modules, according to operational demands.
For instance, an LMV tasked to conduct mine disposal operations can be loaded with a mine countermeasure mission module.
Besides being equipped with advanced combat systems, the LMVs will also have a helicopter deck, allowing the RSN to project its force and carry out its missions more effectively.
As with other RSN warships, the LMVs will rely heavily on automation, allowing for a leaner crew size, as opposed to warships of similar sizes operated in other navies.
Earlier this month, Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (Radm) Lai Chung Han explained how the LMV design helps to save time and resources in an interview with MINDEF publication Cyberpioneer.
"The ship has a mast and typically, there are a lot of systems outside the mast. To do maintenance, the ship needs to go into a shipyard and have a scaffolding put up to reach the systems," Radm Lai said.
"But for the LMV, because we are designing the support, we make sure that 90 per cent of the active components are accessible from inside the mast. So you can do a lot of maintenance work without going to the shipyard and that is a small example of how it helps save effort, time and resources when it comes to engineering support and maintenance."