(Caption of photo above) The other operational group in MSTF is the Force Protection Group (FPG). The FPG is responsible for defending and enforcing security for our naval bases and installations.
Should an intrusion occur from the sea or the land, the FPG will deploy a quick reaction force to respond.
The Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) and Maritime Security (MARSEC) Command have been keeping our waters safe and secure. However, as MARSEC threats evolve both in scale and complexity, we too must adapt and stay relevant.
Thus, we have restructured MSTF and MARSEC Command to better respond and coordinate operations with national agencies and international partners. We are also growing additional capabilities by adding purpose-built vessels, auxiliary vessels, and boarding teams.
Here's an introduction to our restructured MSTF and MARSEC Command!
As one of the two operational groups in MSTF, the Sea Security Group (SSG) is responsible for MARSEC operations in the waters around Singapore. These operations comprise 24/7 patrols, boarding, and escort operations in the Singapore Strait, as well as surveillance over our waters.
Should there be a maritime incident, the SSG works closely with the Singapore Maritime Crisis Centre to coordinate operations with relevant national agencies.
The Information Fusion Centre (IFC) is a regional MARSEC centre that facilitates information-sharing and collaboration between international partners in order to resolve common MARSEC concerns.
IFC comprises international liaison officers (ILOs) who serve alongside RSN personnel. We currently have 20 ILOs from 19 countries, and 12 RSN personnel, and have 97 linkages from 41 countries.
(Photo taken in 2019)
As part of MARSEC Command, the 2nd Flotilla comprises the Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs), and is responsible to raise, train, and sustain the LMV capabilities.
In order to safeguard Singapore's waters 24/7 and ensure that our sea lines of communication remain open, our LMVs will be deployed to respond to MARSEC threats and maritime incidents.