On July 21, Singapore launched two types of new high-speed vessels to better counter the growing maritime threats the country is facing.
The Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG) inducted 11 new patrol interdiction boats (PIBs) and six second generation PK-class interceptors into the service. The vessels were commissioned by city-state’s deputy prime minister, home minister and coordinating minister for national security Teo Chee Hean.
In a speech delivered at the commissioning ceremony and seen by The Diplomat, Teo said that the induction “marks a significant milestone in the renewal and upgrading” of Singapore’s capabilities.
Specifically, the two types of vessels will enhance Singapore’s interception capabilities, allowing them to deal decisively with faster and better-equipped intruding boats before they reach the country’s shores. The PIBs can achieve speeds in excess of 45 knots and are equipped with armor protection and a Stabilized Naval Gun System which can track targets automatically and more accurately. They also have beaching capabilities so that PCG officers can pursue targets on shore if needed.
The second generation PK-class interceptors, meanwhile, will be operated by the PCG’s elite Special Task Squadron that deals with aggressive and fast sea-borne threats. To counter these threats, the new interceptors will boast improved maneuverability and speeds in excess of 55 knots – a significant improvement over current vessels which have top speeds of 45 knots.