The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned two more Independent Class Litoral Mission (LMV) ships, RSS Justice and Indomitable RSS through a ceremony held at Tuas Naval Base, Singapore, September 26, 2018, released Janes.
Built by Singapore Technologies Engineering Marine Justice and Indomitable (with numbers 18 and 19), this ship is the fourth and fifth of the eight 1,250-ton LMVs - coming from the design of the Saab FLEX patrol multimission patrol boat - which is progressively replacing the aging Fearless RSN class patrol boat, which has operated since the mid-1990s. Ships are assigned to 182 squadrons and function as part of the Singapore Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF).
The armament of the ship includes the Oto Melara 76 mm main rifle, along with two remote-controlled weapons stations, Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm on both sides of the bridge and the Typhoon 25 mm Rafael rifle system on the back of the bridge. Protection of enemy aircraft and precision-guided ammunition is provided by the MBDA Mica VL anti-air missile system deployed via a 12-cell vertical launch system (VLS) on the front.
These ships are manned by an initial crew of 23 people, including five officers, and can work for up to 14 days at sea. Ships can also be quickly reconfigured for a variety of missions including search and rescue operations (SAR) and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) using containerized mission modules.
The ship is also equipped with a dock at the stern and a launch-and-recovery system that can be used with up to two 11 meter rubber boats (RHIB), as well as a stern deck that can accommodate medium helicopters. Jane previously reported that only four LMVs would be configured for helicopter operations, with the rest expected to carry unmanned aerial vehicles, which had not yet been determined, whether the UAV was a fixed wing or rotary.