Singapore- Defence Minister To Launch
Navy's First New Frigate (14 Nov
Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean will launch the first of the six
new frigates being developed for the Singapore Navy in France
on the 7th of January. Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan who was
on a visit at the French Naval Yard on Wednesday said that the
ship was in its final stages already.
French shipbuilders Direction Des Constructions Navales (DCN)
is in charge of building the first ship, while Singapore Technologies
Marine is working on the other five, in a combined deal reportedly
worth more than US$1 billion (S$1.7 billion).
Mr. Jean-Marie Poimboeuf, chairman and chief executive of DCN
said that this was a great opportunity to work with another Navy
in another country, other than France.
The new frigate would be able to reach speeds of more than 25
knots and a range of 4000 nautical miles. Arsenal will include
a medium-calibre naval gun, surface-to-surface missiles, anti-missile
missiles, torpedoes and a helicopter. The frigates will also include
After the January launch, the frigates will be fitted with weapon
systems before arriving in Singapore, which would be in early