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Naval News reports that the Singapore Navy has formed a new “Maritime Security and Response Flotilla.”
“As part of the restructured Maritime Security Command, the new MRSF is set up to better trackle evolving maritime threats that have grown in scale and complexity, particularly in the Singapore strait area. According to a recent French Navy report on worldwide maritime piracy and robbery, robbery is on the rise in South East Asia, particularly in the Straits of Singapore and Malacca.”
Aside from a pair of tugs, the primary assets of the new flotilla are four renovated and renamed Fearless Class patrol craft that will fill the function until a new class is completed (expected in 2026).
Perhaps most interesting, are the changes made to the vessels for their new role. These include enhanced communications equipment, a long range acoustic device and laser dazzler system, installation of a fender system, and modular ballistics protection–and a red racing stripe.
The Fearless Class patrol craft: Twelve vessels commissioned 1996-98. All out of service by the end of 2020, replaced by eight Littoral Missions Ships.
- Displacement: 500 tons fl
- Length: 55 m (180 ft)
- Beam: 8.6 m (28.2 ft)
- Draft: 2.2 m (7.2 ft)
- Speed: 36 knots
- Propulsion: 16,860 HP, two KaMeWa waterjets
- Range 1,800@15 knots
Singapore also has a Police Coast Guard as part of its Police Force with patrol craft of up to 35 meters in length.
More on this new formation. https://ipdefenseforum.com/2021/03/singapore-counters-pirates-with-new-maritime-flotilla/
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