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ST Engineering Awarded Royal Brunei Navy Contract to Suppport Fearless-class Patrol Vessels


ST Engineering Awarded Royal Brunei Navy Contract to Suppport Fearless-class Patrol Vessels

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Royal Brunei Navy Receives Second ex-Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class Patrol Boat
Royal Brunei Navy Receives Second ex-Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class Patrol Boat

ST Engineering announced that its Marine business has signed a naval maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in-service support contract for two ex-Singapore Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PV) with Muara Maritime Services Sdn Bhd (MMS) of Brunei Darussalam, a joint venture between Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and Naval Vessels Lürssen (NVL) which functions as the main MRO service provider for the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN). ST Engineering will deploy a team of specialist engineers in Brunei to jointly work with MMS to support the build-up of a maintenance regime for the Fearless-class Patrol Vessels. The contract is for a period of 18 months. In addition to providing naval MRO in-service support services, ST Engineering could also be optionally called upon to perform on-site technical support and resources, including deploying a mobile team to Brunei and offering engineering solutions for obsolescence and modernisation needs.

Theex-Singapore Fearless-class Patrol Vessels were transferred from the Republic of Singapore Navy to Royal Brunei Navy, after undergoing overhaul and refurbishment programmes at ST Engineering’s Benoi yard. The first Patrol Vessels was named KDB As-Siddiq and handed over to RBN on 15 March 2023. ST Engineering’s marine arm has an extensive track record in providing turnkey solutions for naval and homeland security segments. Its services range from basic design to production design, construction, system integration, testing and commissioning, as well as the provision of logistics services. It leverages the use of 3D and virtual reality software in its design and engineering, and digitalisation and automation to deliver our end-to-end services to meet the complex needs of its customers.

Royal Brunei Navy patrol vessels KDB Al-Faruq
Royal Brunei Navy patrol vessels KDB Al-Faruq. (Photo by Brunei Ministry of Defence)

The Fearless-class patrol vessels were built by Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in the 1990s. Four remain in service with the RSN as modified Sentinel-class Maritime Security and Response Vessels (MSRVs), while derivatives of the type are also in service in the navies of Brunei, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The patrol vessel is powered by two MTU 12V 595 TE 90 diesel engines coupled to ZF gear boxes. It is equipped with an MTU ship control monitoring and management system (SCMMS). In a departure from traditional conventional drives, the patrol vessel is fitted with twin waterjet systems developed by Kamewa of Sweden. The patrol vessel’s main gun, installed on the bow deck, is the OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapide. The patrol vessels are also armed with four CIS 50 12.7mm machine guns.

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) is a premier shipyard providing turnkey shipbuilding, ship conversion and shiprepair services to a worldwide customer base in the naval and commercial markets. Over 40 years, the company have established ourselves as a supplier of high quality, sophisticated products and services. ST Marine offer modern facilities with a combined area of 18.8 hectares, equipped to construct vessels up to 30,000 dwt and to service up to frigate-sized warships and 70,000 dwt panamax-sized commercial vessels. Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, doing business as ST Engineering, is a Singaporean multinational technology and engineering group in the aerospace, smart city as well as defence and public security sectors.

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