RSS Independence Inshore Patrol Boat
Beginning only with two Navy ships in 1965, the RSS Panglima and the RSS Singapura, the naval transformation attests to the unfailing dedication and deep commitment of the men and women of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in remaking the RSN in the 3rd Generation RSN of today. The progressive development of its ships and capabilities is exemplified in the journey from the early Independence-class patrol boats to the RSN stealth frigates and submarines in service today as told below.
In 1965, the naval forces of Singapore consisted of only 2 lightly armed patrol boats and other ancillary vessels. In 1968, the RSN ordered 6 patrol boats of which the first one, the RSS Independence, was launched in 1969. She and two of her sister ships were armed with a 40mm main gun while the remaining three had a 76mm main gun. All had a 20mm gun as well. They were joined by the Gabriel anti-ship missile armed Missile Gunboats (MGBs) which ushered the RSN into the missile age. The MGBs also had 57mm and 40mm guns. Together these ships were ideal for protecting Singapore and its immediate sea lanes against surface threats.
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