First I’ll start off by saying, Happy National day to all Singaporeans! Our country just turned 52 years old and this year also marks the Navy’s 50th anniversary.
I wanted to build something cool for this special occasion, so I asked my Navy friend and he said why not an LMV? Sure I said, not knowing what that was. And so the research began.
For those who aren’t aware, the Littoral Mission Vessel is the latest addition to the RSN(Republic of Singapore Navy) and what a ship it is. The first of it’s class, the RSS Independence was commissioned on 5th May 2017 and will eventually replace the older Patrol Vessel models.
Now for the fun facts. Measuring 80 metres in length, the LMV operates on a lean crew of only 23 personnel. It’s meant for patrolling but can be outfitted for disaster relief, surveillance and countermeasure operations among other things. It also has a top speed of 27 knots and a range of 3500 nautical miles, whatever that means.
The big phallic looking thing on top is a Thales NS100 3D Surveillance Radar and it also comes with a Stelop Compass and a Stelop 360 All-Round Surveillance System. Why does it need two surveillance things? Beats me man.
The vessel is equipped with an Oto Melara 76mm Gun, Rafael 25mm Typhoon Gun, Water Cannons, Oto Melara 12.7mm Hitrole Gun and MBDA MICA Anti-Air/Anti Missile Missile system. Man that was a mouth full.
It also has a flight deck capable of landing medium lift aircraft, so I build a small Apache to land there. Just look at that cute little thing.
At the back of the ship, two RHIB’s(Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) are ready for launch, to help with any security incidents or drowning surfers, or which there are none in Singapore.
Hope you enjoyed my build as much as I enjoyed building it. If you are interested in pre-ordering this, please send me an email =) Cheers