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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.
Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) sales alongside the Indian coast guard ships Abheed and Shaurya (16) Aug. 23, 2019, while transiting in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Chennai, India. The Stratton is participating in a professional exchange with the Indian coast guard that includes operational exercises at sea and on shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Esterly)
I have made an addition to my “Recommended Blogs” page (which is also my daily reading list) that you may find interesting, the Indo-Pacific Defense Forum.
Below I have duplicated the self description from their “About Us” page. The page also includes contact information not duplicated here.
In addition to English, this site is also published in Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Korean, and Japanese.
Not all the content is Coast Guard related, but it seems much of it is.
Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention.
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