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RSN commissions its first frigate RSS Formidable


Republic of Singapore Navy Turns 40 and Commissions its First Frigate RSS Formidable

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) turns 40 today (5 May 2007).
In conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebration, the RSN commissioned its first Formidable-Class Stealth Frigate, RSS Formidable, at Changi Naval Base (CNB). Minister for Defence, Mr Teo Chee Hean, officiated at the commissioning ceremony of RSS Formidable.
From its humble beginnings 40 years ago, the RSN has grown to become a balanced Navy with multi-dimensional capabilities: one that is able to meet the demands posed by the widening spectrum of operations, particularly in the areas of Maritime Security and Operations Other Than War.
Through the years, the RSN mission has remained unchanged - to ensure the seaward defence of Singapore and to safeguard its sea lines of communication.
The commissioning of RSS Formidable marked a major milestone in the RSN's transformation.
The frigates will form the vanguard of the Navy¨s capabilities and will be a key node in the Integrated Knowledge-based Command and Control (IKC2) network of the Third Generation SAF. Through advanced combat systems and weaponry, the frigates will increase the RSN's and the SAF's battlespace awareness and enhance the Navy's anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
The RSN also launched its 40th Anniversary commemorative book entitled "Onwards and Upwards -- Celebrating 40 years of the Navy" which was signed by the Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Ronnie Tay as well as all past Navy Chiefs, including the Minister for Defence, who were present at the ceremony.
The book highlights the growth and achievements of the RSN over the last 40 years from its humble beginnings to where it is today. It also touches on the planned future developments of the Navy, and the aspirations of its people.
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Source: News Release 5 May 2007

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