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Singapore launches fourth Littoral Mission Vessel

By Richard Tomkins
A fourth Littoral Mission Vessel for the Singaporean Navy was launched on March 18 and is expected to be fully operational by 2018. Singapore Ministry of Defense photo.
A fourth Littoral Mission Vessel for the Singaporean Navy was launched on March 18 and is expected to be fully operational by 2018. Singapore Ministry of Defense photo.

March 20 (UPI) -- The ST Marine and the Republic of Singapore Navy have launched the fourth of eight Littoral Mission Vessels.

The Independence class ship, named Justice, is about 262 feet long, about 39 feet in the beam and has a maximum speed of 27 knots.

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Singapore's LMVs can be quickly configured with mission modules for a variety of operations.

"The RSN has designed the LMV to conduct a wider range of operations in a more complex environment," said Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman at the launching ceremony. "It will give the RSN greater mission flexibility and sustainability."

LMV Justice is expected to enter service next year. The first three LMVs are currently undergoing sea trials.

According to Singaporean officials, all eight ships will be operational by 2020.

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