Aug 26, 2011

Future of the Singapore Navy

Between protecting the Straits of Malacca and confront the arms race in Asia...

Of the entire Singaporian land aera, only 1,4% were of water (Rivers/Lakes)
Coastlines: 193 km (63 islands included), with a EEZ of 823 km2

Personnal Strenght +/- 9000
22000 regular and 1800 conscript (+ 5000 reservist)

6 Frigates
6 Formidable
(Formidable, Intrepid, Steadfast, Tenacious, Stalwart, Supreme). 3200 tons, 114+ meters (French Frigate design). Commissioned by 2007/2009, with a probable +/- 30 year of service expected, to be retired around late 2030's/early 2040's.

6 Submarines
2 Archer
(Archer, Swordsman). 1400+ tons, 60+ meters (former Sweden Vastergotland SSK's, late 1980's built). Transferred by 2009/2010, likely to remain in service until mid 2020's.

4 Challenger
(Challenger, Conqueror, Centurion, Chieftain). 1100+ tons, 51 meters (former Sweden Sjoormen SSK's, late 1960's built). Transferred by 1997/2001, likely to remain in service until late 2010's.

6 Fast Attack Missiles Crafts
6 Victory
(Victory, Valour, Vigilance, Valiant, Vigour, Vengeance). 580/650 tons, 62 meters (German MGB 62 FAC design). Commissioned by 1990/1991, with probably +/- 30 year of service expected, to be retired around early/mid 2020's.

12 Patrol Crafts
12 Fearless
(Fearless, Brave, Courageous, Gallant, Daring, Dauntless, Resilience, Unity, Sovereignty, Justice, Freedom, Independence). 500 tons, 55 meters. Commissioned by 1996/1998, with probably +/- 30 year of service expected, to be retired around late 2020's/early 2030's.

4 Mine Warfare Ships
4 Bedok
(Bedok, Kallang, Katong, Punggol). 360 tons, 47+ meters (Sweden Landsort MCM design). Commissioned by 1995, with probably +/- 30 year of service expected, to be retired by mid 2020's.

4 Medium Amphibious Ships
4 Endurance
(Endurance, Resolution, Persistence, Endeavour). 6500/8500 tons, 141 meters. Commissioned by 2000/2001, with probably +/- 30 year of service expected, to be retired around 2030.

Singapore Coast Guard (Singapore Police Force)

+/- 101 In Shore Patrols Crafts
2 Manta-Rays
(Manta Ray, Eagle Ray). 20 meters. Built by 1998.

12 Shark
(Hammerhead Shark, Mako Shark, White Shark, Blue Shark, Tiger Shark, Basking Shark, Sandbar Shark, Thresher Shark, Whitetip Shark, Blacktip Shark). 140 tons, 35+ meters (Dutch Damen StanPatrol 3507 design). Commissionned by 2009/2010.

11 Amberjack
(Amberjack, Salmon, Tuna, Coral Cod, Cosby, Dolphin, Leatherjacket, Mangrove Jack, Oscar, Pari Burong, Piranha). 20 tons, 14+ meters. Built by 1984.

8 Porpoise
(Porpoise, Hardyhead, PT14, Todak, PT16-17, Thread Fin, Dorado). 14+ meters. Built by 1987/1989.

25 Ray
(Angler Ray, PT22, Bull Ray, Butterfly Ray, Cownose Ray, PT26, Electric Ray, Flynose Ray, Flying Ray, Giant Reef Ray, River Ray, Roughtail Ray, PT34, Shovelnose Ray, Spotted Ray, Sting Ray, Thornback Ray, Torpedo Ray, PT61, PT62, Black Ray, Jaguar Ray, Flower Ray, Fiddler Ray, Starfish Ray). 18 meters, built by 1999/2000.

32 PC
(Tiger Ray, PC202, PC203, Kob, PC205, Rock Cod, PC207, Slinger, PC209, Sailfish, PC211, Snoek, PC213, PC214, PC215, PC216, PC217, Leopard Puffer, PC219, Silver Angel, PC221, PC222, PC223, Guinean, Spotted Bass, Sawtooth, PC227, Blackspot, PC229, PC230, PC231, Pickhandle). 11+ meters. Built by 2002.

11 PK
(Sailfish, Spearfish, White Marlin, Silver Marlin, Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Jumping Marlin, Billfish, Swordfish, Spikefish). 12 meters, built by 1995/2000.

Others Small Crafts
(PJ-1/4). 6 meters. Built by 1997. 6 Others (White Marlin, Silver Marlin, Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Jumping Marlin).

Naval Aviation
Few Fokker F50

Some SH-60 B Seahawk.

As usual, It may be that in my opinion, I forgot programs ? (or made few mistakes ?, especially for the auxiliary and smaller ships), then SAID IT ! Feel free to comment and give your opinion !


  1. The two Archer class boats were both modernized, tropicalized, and refitted to Södermanland class standards during 2006-10, including the insertion of a new hull section with a Stirling air independent propulsion system.

    RSS Courageous of the Fearless class patrol vessels was involved in a collision on 3 January 2003 with the merchant vessel ANL Indonesia, which resulted in the death of four female RSN sailors. The vessel was damaged beyond repair, and AFAIK she is still laying on land at one of the RSN naval bases. Highly unlikely she will be repaired.

  2. I forgot to mention the life extension programme of the four Bedok class MCMVs. Apparently "two are planned to be fully refitted with modifications to the hulls and mine-hunting systems, while the other two will receive partial refits. A decision between two competing European bids was expected to be made by April 2009, with completion of the first platform expected 18 months later."

    There is no sign though that the Bedok class will receive an upgrade of the fire control system and the gun like the RSwN's Koster class, despite the fact they are near sisters.

  3. the figure 22000 is most probably a typo, it should be around 2200 regulars with 1800 conscripts and +- 5000 reservist