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
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
at Singapore by Singapore Technologies Marine, a Singapore Technologies
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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