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I had the opportunity to go onboard the RSS Intrepid recently during the [email protected] event. This is not my first time touring a Formidable class multi-role stealth frigate. I was on the RSS Steadfast 3 years ago during the Navy Open House.
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The RSS Intrepid was recently deployed for counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. During the tour, we get to find out how life is like onboard the ship during the 3 months mission. One interesting feature onboard the ship is a small room with 5 treadmill. From what I understand, that area is usually for storage of torpedo. But since there is no need to use torpedo against pirates, the area is converted into a mini gym with packed with as much equipment as possible. The crew told me that it is the most popular place to go when they are off duty.
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The Missile Deck seems to be fully packed with equipments from the Gulf of Aden mission. I don’t remember the Missile Deck to be that packed onboard the RSS Steadfast that I visited previously. On the deck is a crane which is used to launch and recover the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). The RSS Intrepid carries 2 RHIB in its Missile Deck that is hidden from outside view.
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The bridge was pretty crowded when I was there. The kids seems to love sitting on the Captain’s chair. Who knows, one of them might grow up to be the commander of a Navy frigate.
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From the bridge, there is a clear view of some of the frigate’s armament. At the front of the frigate is a OTO Melara 76mm gun. The gun is capable of high rates of fire for anti-aircraft, anti-surface and ground shelling. The frigate is also equipped with MBDA Aster surface-to-air missile for air defense.
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At the back of the frigate is a flight deck with a Sikorsky S-70B naval helicopter parked nicely for a great photo opportunity. We didn’t get to see naval helicopter during the last Navy Open House. The Sikorsky S-70B naval helicopter extends the frigate’s surveillance range with HELRAS dipping sonar that enables the frigate to conduct anti-surface and anti-submarine attack.
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It is not everyday that you get to see a frigate parked at VivoCity Promenade. It is great that the Navy is making it convenient for everyone to tour the RSS Intrepid. [email protected] is just one of the pre Navy Open House event. The Navy Open House will be happening in May this year. Can’t wait.
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