16 May '17, 5pm

Singapore to boost submarine fleet:

Singapore to boost submarine fleet:

On May 16, Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that Singapore would be buying two more submarines from Germany. The move is just the latest step that the city-state is taking to boost its maritime capabilities amid the growth of other navies and rising regional and global security challenges. Singapore already has one of the more capable maritime forces among Southeast Asian states. The Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) submarine fleet currently consists of two Challenger -class submarines (another other two were retired in 2015) along with two Archer -class submarines which it received from the Swedish navy in the 1990s and 2000s. Among Singapore’s Southeast Asian neighbors, Indonesia has two German-built submarines, Malaysia operates two French submarines, and Vietnam has six Russian-made submarines, while Thailand is moving towards acquiring the capabil...

Full article: http://thediplomat.com/2017/05/singapore-to-boost-submari...

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