Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) has successfully launched the sixth littoral mission vessel (LMV) for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) at its Benoi Yard.
Fortitude is part of an eight-vessel LMV program started in 2013 and is slated to replace the RSN’s fleet of Fearless-class patrol vessels.
ST Marine said the 80-metre LMVs displace 1,250 tonnes and are 2.5 times larger, and possess better sea-keeping capabilities than their predecessors.
To date ST Marine has delivered LMVs Independence, Sovereignty, Unity and Justice.
The fifth vessel, Indomitable, was launched in 2017.
The keel was laid for the seventh LMV last year and a steel-cutting ceremony was also held for the eighth LMV.
All eight LMVs will be delivered by 2020.
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