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Singapore creates new flotilla of tugs and rejuvenated warships

26th January 2021 - 21:40 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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Singapore can free up its more capable naval vessels by fielding its new flotilla of tugs and old warships to monitor Singapore waters.

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has stood up its Maritime and Security Response Flotilla (MSRF), set up specifically to develop and operate ‘calibrated capabilities’ to give more options when responding to maritime incidents such as sea robbery and territorial intrusions.

The MSRF will be part of the RSN’s Maritime Security Command.

Four ex-Fearless-class patrol vessels have been refurbished and re-equipped, now designated Sentinel-class Maritime Security and Response Vessels (MSRV). Some obvious additions are ramming strakes across the hull, modular ballistic armour around the bridge, laser dazzler system and removal of electronic warfare systems on the mainmast.

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Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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