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[*] posted on 17-5-2017 at 09:55 AM
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MINDEF Signs Contract to Acquire Two More Submarines

(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued May 16, 2017)

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with ThyssenKrupp Marine System GmBH to acquire two additional Type 218SG submarines. The contract includes a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany.

The new submarines are part of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s approach to long-term capability development. Tailored to meet the RSN's unique operational requirements, the Type 218SG submarines incorporate design innovation and advanced maintenance and engineering concepts to optimise training, operation and maintenance costs. They will also be equipped with significantly improved capabilities like modern combat systems and Air Independent Propulsion systems.

The RSN is making good progress in the submarine programme. The first two Type 218SG submarines, which were acquired in 2013, have commenced construction following their steel-cutting in 2014. They are projected for delivery from 2021.

Together with the two additional Type 218SG submarines, they are part of the RSN’s submarine force renewal programme to meet operational requirements.
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[*] posted on 18-5-2017 at 12:53 PM


IMDEX Asia: ST Marine lifts veil on new platforms

17th May 2017 - 9:00

by Gordon Arthur in Singapore



ST Marine is highlighting its latest Endurance 170 design, a landing helicopter assault (LHA) ship that measures 170m long, at IMDEX Asia 2017. It is an evolution of the Endurance 160, of which a scale model was on display.

Far more capable than the four-ship Endurance class currently operated by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), ST Marine said it had a ‘potential customer’ for the Endurance 170. While the shipbuilder would not be drawn on who its client was, the RSN has talked since 2014 of acquiring a larger Joint Multi-Mission Ship.

There are five landing spots on the LHA’s full-length 4,200m² flight deck, plus a below-deck hangar deck can accommodate ten medium-sized helicopters.

Tan Ching Eng, senior vice president of ST Marine’s engineering design centre II, said, to save deployment time, helicopter rotor blades can be fully deployed before the aircraft ascend either of the LHA’s two elevators.

The Endurance 170 has a full load displacement of 19,000t, is 170m in length and 30.8m in width. Its ship crew numbers 140 plus 150 for the air crew. It can also carry up to 400 troops. Maximum speed is listed as 20kt, its range as 7,000nm and an endurance of 30 days.

The well deck can accommodate four landing craft plus up to 17 tanks on the vehicle deck. Another deck can fit 16 30t armoured vehicles. A 1,000m² medical facility, with three operating theatres, ten intensive care unit beds and 17 wards, is integral to the design.

Weaponry being promulgated, dependent on customer preference, includes a 76mm gun, 30mm remote-control weapon systems, close-in weapon systems and a vertical-launch missile system.

ST Marine is also promoting its Vanguard series encompassing an 80m patrol vessel, 95m naval research and support vessel, 105m OPV and 120m frigate. The company said the series of platforms ‘deliver multiple modular capabilities with one design’.

This commonality reduces design and engineering costs, allows a focus on mission systems development and reduces acquisition and life-cycle costs.

The newest design still being developed in-house is a 120m frigate with stealth characteristics, for which the Singapore shipbuilder is looking for a ‘launch customer’ and is fielding ‘ongoing enquiries’.

A feature offered on the Vanguard series is what ST Marine calls an Integrated Modular Mast (IMM) that optimises performance, minimises electromagnetic interference and enhances safety, according to Tan. This IMM can fit on any vessel of the class, reducing a ship’s radar cross-section in the process.

Also on offer for its family of naval vessels is ST Marine’s proprietary Nerva ship management system that employs open architecture and commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software. According to Sim Chee Chong, assistant director of EDC – automation at ST Marine, it ‘provides centralised control and monitoring of platform sensors and systems’.

Nerva manages all aspects of ship systems such as fire-fighting, propulsion and electrical system. As well as fixed consoles, a mobile tablet version is available to give the commander or other senior officers better situational awareness.

Another key aspect of Nerva is its sense-making system ‘able to perform equipment health monitoring and predictive diagnostics on platform machinery’. It converts data analysis into predictive advisory actions for the crew too by predicting component failure.

All kinds of data is sent ashore for monitoring and to allow fleet-wide analytics. In the event of a fire, for instance, an automatic SMS and email is sent to alert personnel ashore.

While Nerva can be retrofitted to vessels, it is particularly well suited to new-build ships.
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[*] posted on 18-5-2017 at 08:23 PM


IMDEX 2017: Singapore allocates SGD10 million towards upgrading of submarine rescue ship

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

18 May 2017


MV Swift Rescue, the RSN's submarine intervention and rescue vessel. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has set aside SGD10 million (USD7.1 million) towards upgrades of its submarine rescue ship and its related sub-systems.

The matter was revealed by the RSN chief, Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han during his presentation at the International Maritime Security Conference, which was held in conjunction with the IMDEX 2017 maritime defence exhibition at the Changi Exhibition Centre on 16 May.

The admiral has, however, not given further details on the planned upgrades, saying only that these will result in "better submarine rescue capabilities" for the RSN. The upgrades will take place over the next two years, he added.

The RSN has been operating a 4,300-tonne helicopter-capable ship, MV Swift Rescue, jointly with a commercial operator since April 2009. The 83 m vessel is equipped with a 9.6 m, 25-tonne submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) known as the Deep Search and Rescue-6 (DSAR-6), and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with manipulator arms.

Swift Rescue is currently the only ship in Southeast Asia that is capable of mating and conducting collective rescue and transfer of distressed submariners while under pressure. The platform is equipped with a recompression chamber that can rehabilitate up to 40 rescued submariners, in four separate compartments, at any one point of time.

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IMDEX 2017: Singapore in talks to further expand bilateral submarine rescue arrangements

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

18 May 2017

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) is currently in talks with a number of countries to further expand on the list of bilateral submarine rescue arrangements that the country currently has.

The matter was revealed by the RSN's chief, Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, during his address at the International Maritime Security Conference, which was held as part of the IMDEX 2017 maritime defence exhibition at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

Among countries that the RSN is currently in talks with include Russia, India, and Thailand, the admiral revealed.

"For the past few years we have extended our bilateral submarine rescue arrangements, and we recently concluded new arrangements with other navies such as the [Republic of Korea] Navy," said Rear Adm Lai.

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[*] posted on 18-5-2017 at 08:49 PM


IMDEX Asia: Kairos assembles marine product potpourri

18th May 2017 - 8:00

by Gordon Arthur in Singapore



Kairos Singapore Holdings, a maritime equipment distributor within Southeast Asia, is promoting several products at IMDEX Asia 2017. One is the Splashdrone III, described by its maker as the world’s first waterproof and floatable UAV.

Eric Hu, CEO of Swellpro based in Shenzhen, China, said the Splashdrone III was introduced only last month. Fitted with a 4K camera, it is suitable for use on a range of platforms, from boats, for at-sea search and rescue, to flying in rainstorms and filming on and above water surfaces.

Of interest, Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority purchased the Splashdrone earlier this year. It has a payload release mechanism that permits it to drop beacons that can be used to help track oil spills, and Singapore plans to trial this function.
A beacon that can be adapted for this purpose is produced by Germany-based Seareq. Called MOBOS (Man Overboard Operating System), it is an independent rescue alert system.

Christiane Linkenbach, deputy director of Seareq, said a tubular beacon (200x35mm in size and weighing 165g) is affixed to a lifejacket or body-worn pouch and, if a sailor falls overboard, the beacon is automatically or manually activated.

After a ten-second delay, a MOBOS receiver aboard the boat is activated to warn of a man overboard. GPS can determine the beacon’s position and direct the boat to the correct location to rescue the unfortunate person. It is suitable for kiteboarders and windsurfers too.

MOBOS is a development of ENOS, an electronic locating and rescue system developed to find missing divers, and which is heavily used by the tourism industry.

A military-grade version is also available with encrypted signals. It is being used in the Baltic region, for example, in anti-smuggling operations.

As well as assembling the above products, Roy Soeigiarto, managing director of Kairos, showed the Whaly 500 boat from the Netherlands. Fitted with a bow door, it is used by emergency rescue services at some Chinese airports bordering the sea.

Additionally, the Pioner Multi small landing craft on display is being used regionally, including by an NGO in Singapore to transport disabled people.

Kairos also exhibited a German-designed Roughneck OPH Troop Transporter M-10 boat. 
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Singapore Army's commando VSV breaks cover

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

26 May 2017


The 16 m-long Very Slender Vessel provides the Singapore Army's commando units with an organic high-speed interdiction capability. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

Although its existence was officially announced as far back as 2009, the Singapore Army's Very Slender Vessel (VSV) finally made its debut public appearance as a static exhibit at its Army Open House 2017 event that is being held from 27 May to 28 May.

According to army specifications, the VSV is a wave piercing watercraft that measures 16 m long, 2.4 m wide, and 2.5 m tall.

The service also stated that the VSV operated by the Singapore commando forces for high speed interdiction missions at speeds in excess of 40 kt, although Jane's understands from manufacturer specifications that it is also designed to be deployed for covert insertion and exfiltration of personnel with maximum transit speeds in the region of 60 kt.

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