Singapore- First Stealth Ship launched
in France (08 Jan 2004)
The first of six stealth frigates was launched into the waters
of Lorient, France yesterday. The RSS Formidable was manufactured
by Direction des Constructions Navales (DCN) and will soon
be equipped with weapons such as guns and torpedoes before
undergoing sea trials at the end of the year in Lorient.
The launch of the RSS Formidable is a landmark event signaling
Singapore's entry into stealth warfare. Defence Minister,
Rear-Admiral (NS) Teo who was at the launch, said that the
frigates, with their longer endurance, advanced combat systems
and the ability to operate helicopters would significantly
enhance the navy's operational capabilities.
The RSS Formidable is expected to sail for Singapore early
2005 while Singapore Technologies Marine is building the remaining
Rear-Admiral Teo commended the dedication and effectiveness
of the French and Singaporean teams, as they were able to
launch the sophisticated ship in just 46 months. He cited
the programme as a reflection of the good relationship between
the two countries. He is certain that the new frigates will
open more opportunities for the two navies to work together.