Singapore Technologies Marine launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), RSS Unity for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
ST Marine was awarded the contract by Singapore’s Ministry of Defence in 2013 to design and build eight 80m long LMVs for the RSN. The vessels are expected to be delivered from 2016 and be fully operational by 2020. They will replace the PVs designed and built by ST Marine in the 1990s.
The LMV programme is in serial production at ST Marine with eight ships under construction or in the pre-construction phase. The first LMV, RSS Independence has returned to Tuas Naval Base on 26 May 2016 and is performing the Checkout, Integration and Testing (CIT) activity for weapon systems on-board. The second LMV, RSS Sovereignty is preparing for sea trials while the third LMV, RSS Unity will embark on harbour acceptance trials after her launch.