News: Republic of Singapore Navy Launches Naming Competition for Eight New Vessels

In order to better ensure Singapore’s seaward defence and protect our maritime interests, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned eight new Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs). These vessels, constructed here in Singapore, can be quickly configured to address a wide range of mission requirements; ranging from search and rescue operations to naval combat.

These additions to the RSN’s fleet are just awaiting one vital piece of detail that would complete their induction – names. In RSN tradition, the public is invited to be a part of the legacy by naming the Navy’s future Littoral Mission Vessels.

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (R) and Chief Of Navy, Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han (L) at the launch of the Navy’s LMV naming competition (Photo credit: Republic of Singapore Navy)

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The RSN’s LMV naming competition will kick off alongside the launch of the SAF50 exhibition at VivoCity on Thursday, 12 February 2015. The winners who choose the best names for the eight LMVs will stand to win up to S$3,000 in cash prizes. The winning entries will reflect a number of important characteristics, including the purpose and capabilities of the LMVs, the vessels they are replacing, as well as the history and tradition of the RSN.

This will be the third time that the RSN has looked to Singaporeans to help name new vessels in its fleet, a tradition that began with the Bedok-class mine countermeasure vessels, and continued with the Formidable-class stealth frigates.

The LMVs will also be the first vessels designed and constructed in Singapore – a significant achievement. The public now can be a part of Singapore’s naval tradition by visitinghttp://www.navy.sg/nameourships to help name these latest additions to the RSN’s fleet.

Naming competition / entry submission, closes 15 March 2015.

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Information and image as kindly provided by Republic of Singapore Navy.

If you have a name or names in mind for the new LMVs, do submit for a chance to win the cash prizes. There is a name list of the ships on Wikipedia and I recalled seeing vessels, named after Bedok and Punggol, so maybe you guys can try names which represents a positive trait or places or ideas of Singapore?