RSNS Fearless, the Republic of Singapore Navy’s eighth and final Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), has arrived at its home port ahead of an official commissioning ceremony.
Fearless was delivered by ST Engineering’s Benoi Shipyard less than a year after it was launched in January this year.
Designed and built locally, the Independence-class LMVs are jointly developed by the navy and Singapore’s Defence Science Technology Agency (DSTA), and equipped with smarter technology and sharper capabilities to enable the RSN to operate more efficiently and effectively.
The 80-meter vessels displace 1,250 tonnes and are 2.5 times larger than the former Fearless-class patrol vessels they are replacing.
All eight LMVs remain on track to become fully operational by 2020.