DCN Launches First Singapore Frigate


Released on Wednesday, January 7, 2004
France
Singapore
Formidable
The French DCN Shipyards announced that the first of six stealth frigates, the RSS Formidable, ordered by the Republic of Singapore was launched on January 7th in Lorient, France.

The RSS Formidable frigate will be outfitted with the remaining equipment in order to start sea trials promptly to be commissioned in 2005 by the Republic of Singapore Navy.

DCN has designed and built entirely the RSS Formidable leveraging technologies and designs implemented on successful La Fayette-class stealth frigates. The remaining five frigates of Formidable-class will be built at Singapore by Singapore Technologies Marine, a Singapore Technologies subsidiary.

The Singapore Formidable-class frigate is the result of the Delta program signed between DCN International (DCNI) and the government of Singapore in March 2000.

Under the Delta program the Formidable-class frigates will supersede 6 missile gunboats that have been in service for more than 30 years. The last Formidable-class frigate, named RSS Supreme, will be delivered to the Republic of Singapore Navy of in 2009.

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