The Protector and the Bastion, the last two Sentinel-class Maritime Security and Response Vessels (MRSVs) for the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Maritime Security and Response Flotilla, were commissioned on January 20.
The event was reported on the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and images from the ceremony were posted.
On January 26, 2021, the Republic of Singapore Navy launched the Maritime Security and Response Flotilla (MSRF) to strengthen Singapore’s maritime security capabilities. Until future purpose-built ships arrive, four old Fearless-class patrol vessels are repaired and re-inducted into service as Sentinel-class Maritime Security and Response Vessels (MSRVs) alongside two Maritime Security Tugboats (MSRTs). After 2026, the flotilla will operate new purpose-built vessels.
The Sentinel-class MSRVs will be fitted with a variety of calibrated capabilities in addition to being refitted to lengthen their operational lives. Improved communications, improved visual and aural warning systems, the installation of a fender system, and modular ballistics protection are all part of this package.
The patrol ship is 55 meters long, with a steel monohull and V-shaped frames in the front. Her beam is 8.6 meters, and her draught is 2.7 meters. The 500-tonne yacht has a top speed of 20 knots and can cruise at that speed.
The vessel’s main gun is the Oto Melara 76mm, which is stationed on the bow deck, and she also has a Typhoon Mk 25mm cannon on the stern. Crews can use the Long Range Acoustic Device and Laser Dazzler System to safeguard verbal warnings and issue visual cautions at all hours of the day and night.