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Formidable-class Frigate

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The RSS Formidable (70), the third of the Republic if Singapore Navy's six Formidable-class stealth frigates.
The Formidable-class Guided Missile Frigate is a stealth frigate in service in the Republic of Singapore Navy from 2004 onwards. The Formidable-class is a variant of the French La Fayette-class frigates. The frigates are key information nodes and fighting units, and are described as "by far the most advanced surface combatants in Southeast Asia." The six ships form the 185 Squadron of the RSN.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Multirole Stealth Frigate
  • Service Period: 2004-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 376 ft 8 in (114.81 meters)
    • Beam: 53 ft 6 in (16.31 meters)
    • Draught: 19 ft 8 in (6.00 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,200 tonnes (3,150 long tons; 3,530 short tons)
  • Crew: 90 (71 ship crew and 19 air crew)
  • Power: 48,290 shp (36 MW)
  • Propulsion: 4 x ISM V1708 diesel generators, 4 x MTU 20V 8000 M90 gas turbines
  • Range: 4,200 nautical miles (7,780 km
  • Speed: Cruising: 18 knots (33.34 km/hr); Maximum: 27 knots (50.00 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Thales Herakles multi-function radar
    • Terma Electronic Scanter 2001
    • EDO Model 980 active low frequency towed sonar (ALOFTS)
  • Countermeasures
    • RAFAEL C-PEARL-M
    • Sagem Défense Sécurité New Generation Dagaie System x 3
  • Armament:
    • 1 x Otobreda 76mm Super Rapid Fire naval gun
    • 4 x CIS 50MG 12.7 mm (0.50 in) HMG
    • 2 x 4-cell Mark 141 Harpoon SSM Launchers (fires RGM-84C Harpoon AShM)
    • 4 x 8-cell Syvler A50 VLS (fires MBDA Aster SAMs)
    • 2 x B515 triple fire torpedo tubes (fires EuroTorp A244/S Mod 3 torpedoes)
  • Aviation Capabilities
    • 1 x Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk
    • Fight deck and hangar facilities for two medium lift helicopters

Unit Run[edit]

Name Pennant
number
Launched Commissioned
RSS Formidable 68 January 7th, 2004 May 5th, 2007
RSS Intrepid 69 July 3rd, 2004 February 5th, 2008
RSS Steadfast 70 January 28th, 2005 February 5th, 2008
RSS Tenacious 71 July 15th, 2005 February 5th, 2008
RSS Stalwart 72 December 9th, 2005 January 16th, 2009
RSS Supreme 73 May 9th, 2006 January 16th, 2009
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