SHAH ALAM: Singapore has formally taken delivery of its first Invincible class submarine, Impeccable, at RSS Singapura – the Changi Naval base on July 20. Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Sean Wat, senior RSN officers and submariners were present to witness the ceremony, a release from Singapore Defence Ministry said.
Launched in Kiel, Germany on 13 Dec 2022, Impeccable is one of four Invincible-class submarines designed for operations in Singapore’s shallow and busy tropical waters. Custom-built for Singapore’s needs, these submarines possess state-of-the-art capabilities, including high levels of automation, significant payload capacity, enhanced underwater endurance, and ergonomics optimised for the Asian physique. Their induction into the RSN will further enhance its capability to safeguard Singapore and protect its vital sea lines of communication.
Impeccable will be undergoing a series of local sea trials and workup towards full operationalisation. Invincible remains in Germany to support the training of RSN submariners, while the last two submarines are progressing well in their project development in Germany.
As you are aware, Impeccable arrived in Singapore on July 8 after undertaking the journey from Germany onboard a chartered heavy load carrier.
According to Defence News
Invincible-class subs measure 230 feet and displace 2,200 tons when submerged. The boats feature air-independent propulsion systems and have an X-rudder configuration similar to the ThyssenKrupp-made Type 212 design for better maneuverability in shallow, congested waters.
The Impeccable will subsequently undergo a series of local sea trials to reach full operational capability with the Republic of Singapore Navy. The lead boat of the class, the Invincible, remains in Germany to support the training of Singaporean submariners.
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