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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 4 July 2004

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Navy launches first locally built frigate

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg 

The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) second stealth frigate, RSS Intrepid, was launched on 3 Jul 2004, by Mrs Lee Hsien Loong, wife of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, at the Singapore Technologies Marine yard. DPM Lee officiated at the launching ceremony.

The launch of RSS Intrepid, the first locally-built frigate, marks another significant milestone for the RSNís frigate programme.

Singapore Technologies Marine, under a technology transfer agreement with French shipbuilder Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN), has successfully constructed and launched the locally-built ship on schedule.

The RSNís stealth frigates will be equipped with advanced sensor and weapon systems, and have enhanced anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg 

The RSNís first frigate, RSS Formidable, is currently at the DCN shipyard in Líorient, France, completing her outfitting phase and would be undergoing harbour and sea trials soon.  She is expected to sail back to Singapore in early 2005.

When RSNís frigates come into service from 2007 onwards, the Navy will be able to undertake a wider spectrum of missions in order to defend Singapore and its vital Sea Lines of Communications.

The ceremony today was witnessed by Minister for Defence, RADM(NS) Teo Chee Hean, and senior  MINDEF and SAF officials.

Source: Mindef News Release 3 Jul 2004

Related article:

RSN receives first of six new frigates

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