Republic Of Singapore Navy Stands Up New Maritime Security And Response Flotilla

Naval News – The Republic of Singapore Navy stood up a new Maritime Security and Response Flotilla on 26 January 2021. Four former Fearless-class patrol vessels are refurbished and re-inducted into service as Sentinel-class Maritime Security and Response Vessels alongside two Maritime Security Tugboats until future purpose-built ships come into play.

Singapore To Buy Maritime Aircraft, UAVs

Aviation Week – Singapore is likely to field at least five new maritime patrollers in the early 2020s, markedly raising its ability to deal with submarines at a distance while also bolstering ocean surveillance capacity. The aircraft will replace five Fokker 50 Enforcers acquired in the early 1990s, say sources with insight into the requirement. A supplementary force of unmanned aircraft for maritime patrol is also under consideration.

Singaporean Navy – The Submarine Race in the Malaccan Strait

The Diplomat – Three nations—Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia— sit atop the Malaccan Strait, which is just 1.7 miles (2.7 km) wide at its narrowest point. While foreign navies like the United States have traditionally operated in the area, and China’s navy has increasingly taken a strong interest in doing so, the naval forces of these littoral states should not be overlooked. Indeed, taking stock of their strategic location, all three countries have acquired submarine forces, with Indonesia in particular possessing considerable subsurface ambitions for the future.

Singaporean Navy – Seeking Balance: Force Projection, Confidence Building, and the Republic of Singapore Navy

US Naval War College Review – Despite the widespread proliferation of studies on the major navies in Asia, first and foremost that of China, writings on the small navies of Asia-Southeast Asia in particular-have been few and far between. The slant toward those major navies is warranted by their influence on the regional naval balance of power. However, it scarcely does justice to the small navies of Southeast Asia, a region of huge maritime geostrategic importance with potential security ramifications for wider Asian and global maritime security. Southeast Asia is also the scene of an interesting and serious buildup of sophis- ticated naval capabilities.
This article therefore attempts to redress, at least partially, the dearth of interest in the small navies in Southeast Asia, using the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) as a case study.