They are the silent protectors of the deep. They are the submarines of 171 Squadron.
On 26 September 1997, a ceremony was held in the Kockums Shipyard in Malmö, Sweden to launch the first submarine in the RSN, the RSS Challenger. It was the first of the Challenger-class submarines in the RSN and the first step in RSN's journey to be an effective navy with a diversified range of capabilities.
Dr Tony Tan, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence announced in July 1997 that the RSN would be purchasing another three Sjöörmen-class submarines from Sweden (RSS Conqueror, RSS Centurion and RSS Chieftain) to form 171 Squadron, based in Changi Naval Base.
In November 2005, Singapore signed an agreement with Kockums of Sweden to supply the RSN with two Västergötland-class submarines to replace some of the Challenger-class submarines. Submarine operations are now an integral part of the RSN's capabilities.
The Accompanying Sea Security Teams (ASSeT) forms part of the 180 Squadron in the Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF). Together with personnel from the Police Coast Guard, these are the teams that shoulder a heavy responsibility in deterring possible terrorist actions.
24/7. “Safe and Secure”. That is the motto of 180 Squadron. With no complacency. They are always vigilant and on the lookout for possible threats of ships being hijacked while transiting in our waters, or even used as weapons against the vital shore installations of Singapore.
The squadron that never rests. They are the vanguards of our seas. Our Fearless-class patrol vessels have served diligently on the frontline, ensuring maritime security in our waters 24/7. Every day, without fail, they are out at sea on operational patrols, providing surveillance and looking out for any threats that may threaten our safety and our home. Among their successes are the disruption of a sea robbery on a towing vessel by RSS Resilience and the rescue of five fishermen from a capsized fishing trawler by RSS Independence. These incidents are clear examples of 182 Squadron's vigilance and readiness.
Formed in 1972, 185 Squadron is one of the longest-serving active squadrons in the RSN and was our first strike squadron consisting of missile gunboats.
In 2005, the 185 Squadron adopted a new logo and motto as the missile gunboats made way for the Formidable-class frigates; the trident, made up of arrows, the ship, and black wake, symbolises supremacy at sea. The prongs of the trident depict the capability of the frigate to engage in all three dimensions of naval warfare. The top prong, set against a cerulean sky, represents the enhanced anti-air warfare (AAW) capabilities, while the lower prong, plunging into the depths of the sea, represents the advanced underwater (UW) capabilities. The centre prong, represented by the ship, portrays its prowess in the surface domain. The ship silhouette reflects its stealth, and the naval helicopter, aggressively deployed ahead of the ship, represents its organic air capability.
Victory. Valour. Vigilance. Valiant. Vigour. Vengeance. These words sum up our missile corvette force.
The six missile corvettes of our Navy’s 188 Squadron stand ready to respond when duty calls, remaining resolute in the face of adversity. Their three-word motto is proof of that: “Ready and Resolute”. This indomitable spirit was evident when RSS Valour was deployed to the Java Sea in the search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501. There, the crew endured rough sea states and bad weather, overcoming all challenges to complete the mission.
The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) 191 Squadron was formed on 1 August 1996. It falls under the command of Third Flotilla of the Fleet, and comprises the Landing Ships Tank (LSTs). These are the ex-County Class LSTs RSS Excellence and RSS Intrepid, and a Rover Class LST RSS Perseverance. The squadron plays an active role in supporting the SAF's requirements for sea transportation and providing training support for the RSN's Midshipman Sea Training Deployment.
The squadron had previously supported the search and recovery operations for the Silk Air MI 185 crash in late 1997, as well as the delivery of rice and medical aid to Indonesia in June 1998, and the intensive search operations for AirAsia QZ8501.
With the integration of unmanned underwater systems, the 194 Squadron is able to clear mines more effectively and up to five times faster. The mine countermeasure vessel’s (MCMV’s) upgraded sonar was also utilised in the recent search and locate operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in December 2014.
The MCMVs, forming the 194 Squadron, are tasked with an important role: ensuring that the waters around us are clear of sea mines. They are part of the Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) that safeguards the coastal waters of Singapore and ensure our sea lines of communication remain safe and secure.
As part of 194 Squadron, we strive to live up to the motto “Safe in my Wake”, so that there will be no lives lost to mines where we have been.
Force Readiness Squadron
The Force Readiness Squadron (FRS) focuses on the provision of effective logistics planning control and engineering support within the RSN. "Excel in Readiness": that's the motto of FRS, and they have amply proven themselves prepared and ready in maintaining engineering readiness for all our ships.
Force Generation Squadron
The Force Generation Squadron (FGS) plays a more vital role in ensuring that our ships’ many systems are at their top condition and fighting fit. Be it marine and electrical systems, network and sensor systems, or the underwater and weapon systems, FGS is always ready with a comprehensive maintenance or upgrading plan for these systems on board ships.