The roles of the Landing Ship Tank include transporting equipment in support of the Army's overseas training, and supporting the Navy's Midshipman Sea Training Deployments.Commissioned into RSN service as RSS PERSEVERANCE in 1994 the former Falklands War veteran SIR LANCELOT can lift a maximum of 560 troops and 16 MBTs (Main Battle Tanks), and has two platforms for operating helicopters. While PERSEVERANCE can deliver her cargo by beaching and unloading via bow doors, this is rarely carried out in practice.
RSS PERSEVERANCE, a "Sir Lancelot" Class Landing Ship Tank (LST), pennant number L206, was acquired by the RSN in 1992. She is one of the ships in 191 Squadron and the largest ship in the RSN Fleet. RSS PERSEVERANCE was originally a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship, designed and built according to the specifications of the British Army, and named Sir Lancelot. She was first commissioned on 16 Jan 1964. In 1982, she saw combat as one of the ships carrying British troops, weapons and supplies in the Falklands War.
RFA Sir Lancelot was sold in 1989 to the South African company, Lowline, and re-named MV Lowland Lancer. The ship was sold again in October 1992, renamed RSS Perseverance and put into service with the Republic of Singapore Navy as part of her effort to upgrade her fleet of support ships. MV Lowland Lancer arrived in Singapore on 21 November 1992 with a core crew of RSN personnel on board. She then underwent a major retrofitting and upgrading program in a local shipyard.
The ship was commissioned as an RSN ship on 5 March 1994. Equipped with two 20-ton cranes and two 3-ton cranes, the ship is designed to carry personnel, stores and vehicles. She has a top speed of 15 knots, can carry two Fast Craft Equipment Personnel (FCEPs) on davits and can embark a helicopter on her helo-deck. All operational and accommodation spaces are air-conditioned for crew comfort.
RSS Perseverance decommissioned 20 September 2001. RSS Perseverance will be fondly remembered as an ambassador of Singapore, having flown her flag in various countries including Korea, Australia, New Caledonia and South Africa. Glenn Defense Marine (Asia) Pte Ltd of Singapore took over the vessel in 2003 and renamed her GLENN BRAVEHEART, a fitting name given her Scottish roots. Glenn provided support to navies in the Asian region and has been operating for over 60 years. In early 2008 GLENN BRAVEHEART finally went to her last resting place, the breakers in Bangladesh.
|Displacement||3270 tons / 5674 tons (fl)|
|Armament||2/Simbad SAM systems
1/40mm 70-cal. AA
6/12.7mm machine guns
|Propulsion||2 diesels; 2 props; 9400bhp|
|Range||8000 / 15|
ex Lowland Lancer
ex RFA Sir Lancelot
|Hawthorn Leslie||25-Jun-1963||16-Jan-1964||21-Nov-1992||20-Sep-2001||used as submarine support ship|
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