Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Singapore launches new submarine training center at naval base
SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has launched a new Submarine Training Centre (STC) at Changi Naval Base on Wednesday afternoon, said MINDEF in a statement. The launch was officiated by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han, and attended by senior officials and pioneer submariners from RSN. MINDEF said that the new STC is a one-stop training facility featuring simulators that enhance realism, effectiveness and efficiency during submarine training. The training centre will also meet all operational training and qualification requirements for the submariners, MINDEF added. On the same day of the launch, two RSN Challenger-class submarines, RSS Challenger and RSS Centurion, were retired after 18 years of service. The new STC has been named RSS Challenger in recognition of the submarine's role as Singapore Navy's first submarine and training platform.