Fearless-class patrol vessel

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RSS Resilience at sea
Class overview
Name: Fearless
Builders: ST Engineering (Marine)
Operators:  Republic of Singapore Navy
 Royal Navy of Oman
Preceded by: Swift class
Completed: 12
Active: 11
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Displacement: 500 t (490 long tons; 550 short tons)
Length: 55.0 m (180 ft 5 in)
Beam: 8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)
Draught: 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MTU 12 V 595 TE 90 diesel engines coupled to ZF gear boxes driving 2 × Kamewa Waterjets
Speed: In excess of 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Search radar: IAI/ELTA EL/M-2228(X) (E/F band)
Navigation radar: Kelvin Hughes 1007 (I band)
Sonar: Thales Underwater Systems TSM 2362 Gudgeon hull-mounted medium frequency active sonar (first 6 ships)
Weapon control: Elbit MSIS optronic director
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
ESM: Elisra NS 9010C intercept
Decoys: 2 × GEC Marine Shield III 102 mm sextuple fixed chaff launchers
Armament: Anti-air: Mistral missile
Anti-submarine: EuroTorp A244/S Mod 1 torpedoes (first 6 ships)
Main gun: Oto Melara 76 mm gun
Machine guns: 4 × CIS 50MG 12.7 mm (0.50 in) HMG
Notes: Ships in class include:
RSS Fearless (94)
RSS Brave (95)
RSS Courageous (96)
RSS Gallant (97)
RSS Daring (98)
RSS Dauntless (99)
RSS Resilience (82)
RSS Unity (83)
RSS Sovereignty (84)
RSS Justice (85)
RSS Freedom (86)
RSS Independence (87)

The Fearless class patrol vessels were built by Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy in the 1990s. Together, the ships formed the 182 and 189 Squadron.

On 30 January 2013, MINDEF awarded ST Engineering a contract for the design and build of eight new vessels to replace the Fearless-class patrol vessels. ST Engineering announced that the group’s marine arm, ST Marine will build the eight vessels at its Singapore Benoi Yard. While the group’s electronics arm, ST Electronics, will supply the core combat systems and combat system integration solutions. ST Marine will carry out the platform system integration as the lead system integrator. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in 2016 and all eight vessels will be fully operational by 2020.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Fearless class patrol vessels were ordered as replacements for the earlier Swift class coastal patrol crafts after they had been transferred to the Police Coast Guard.[3] The contract was awarded to ST Marine on 27 February 1993. The first six vessels are fitted for anti-submarine warfare, while the remainder are configured as patrol vessels.

In 1996, the Defence Science Technology Agency project team leading the patrol vessel project was awarded the Defence Technology Prize.[4]

On 3 January 2003, RSS Courageous was badly damaged in a collision with a container ship in the Singapore Strait.[5] The ship has since been stricken from the navy list.[6]

In January 2005, 189 Squadron was transferred to the Coastal Command from the Fleet, and the 11 ships now form the 182 and 189 Squadron.[7]

In April 2012, ST Marine was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman to build four 75-metre PVs based on the Fearless class. The vessels are expected to be delivered as the Al-Ofouq class between 2015 and 2016.[8]

Ships of class[edit]

Name Pennant Number Launched Commissioned Remarks
RSS Fearless 94 18 February 1995 5 October 1996
RSS Brave 95 9 September 1995 5 October 1996
RSS Courageous 96 9 September 1995 5 October 1996 Stricken May 2003
RSS Gallant 97 27 April 1996 3 May 1997
RSS Daring 98 27 April 1996 3 May 1997
RSS Dauntless 99 23 November 1996 3 May 1997
RSS Resilience 82 23 November 1996 7 February 1998
RSS Unity 83 19 July 1997 7 February 1998
RSS Sovereignty 84 19 July 1997 7 February 1998
RSS Justice 85 18 October 1997 22 August 1998
RSS Freedom 86 18 October 1997 22 August 1998
RSS Independence 87 19 April 1998 22 August 1998

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "MINDEF Signs Contract with ST Engineering for the Construction of Eight New Vessels". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "ST ENGINEERING WINS NEWBUILD CONTRACT FOR EIGHT NAVAL VESSELS FOR THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE NAVY". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Factsheet - History of RSN’s Patrol Vessels". Singaporean Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). 15 June 2005. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "DTP Roll of Honour Defence Technology Prize 2007". MINDEF. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "One dead in naval collision". BBC News. 4 January 2003. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Saunders, Stephen (2008–2009). Jane's Fighting Ships (111 ed.). Alexandria, Virginia: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 978-0-7106-2845-9. 
  7. ^ "COSCOM Expands". Navy News (1). MINDEF. 2005. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "ST Engineering Secures PVs Contract". Naval Today. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 

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