August 18, 2018 – ST Engineering’s Marine sector today launched the seventh Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Dauntless, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
Held in a ceremony at ST Engineering’s Benoi Yard, the launch was officiated by Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance. Mr Heng’s spouse, Mrs Heng Hwee Nee was the lady sponsor who named and launched the vessel in accordance with naval traditions. The event was witnessed by senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces.
The LMV program that started in 2013 will replace the RSN’s current fleet of Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, also designed and built by ST Engineering’s Marine sector in the 1990s. The LMVs are 2.5 times larger, and possess better seakeeping capabilities to operate in higher sea state conditions, amongst other attributes.
“We are excited to launch the seventh of eight LMVs that we are designing and building for the RSN. We are committed to continue the good progress we have made thus far, and look forward to completing the program with the last and final LMV,” said Ng Sing Chan, President for ST Engineering’s Marine sector.
ST Engineering’s Marine sector has delivered five vessels till date – LMV Independence, LMV Sovereignty, LMV Unity, LMV Justice and LMV Indomitable. The sixth vessel, LMV Fortitude was launched in March this year, and the keel for the eighth LMV was laid a month after.