A Voyage into Maritime Defence

05 May 2023

In the ever-evolving domain of naval and maritime defence, we are always looking for new ways to propel our people forward and pursue breakthroughs in uncharted waters. That was why engineers from our Naval Systems Programme Centre (PC) popped by the International Maritime Defence and Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia!

The 13th IMDEX conference, which took place from 3 to 5 May 2023, attracted over 11,000 maritime professionals from 62 nations and showcased the latest cutting-edge maritime technologies through trade exhibitions, informative forums, and multi-national warship exhibits. Notably, the showcase included two platforms – the Independence Class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) and the Formidable Class frigate – that we delivered to the RSN.

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For many junior engineers from our Naval Systems PC, IMDEX was an opportunity for an enriching learning journey to gain valuable insights into international perspectives and global advancements in naval defence. Guided by more experienced staff, they visited warships on display and interacted with naval officers from various countries to learn about their onboard operations and capabilities.

Senior Programme Manager (Naval Systems) Foo Ce Yang took pride in being one of the guides for his younger colleagues. He said: “It was a rewarding experience. I enjoyed sharing about the work we do in Naval Systems PC and helping my juniors better appreciate the work we do in delivering naval technologies.”

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We also invited over 50 students to the tradeshow, where they were able to engage our industry partners. They even got to go on a tour of the LMV and frigate. Guided by our engineers, they gained fresh perspectives into Singapore’s naval capabilities as they delved into the intricate thought processes behind the ships’ designs.

James Chan, a student from River Valley High School who had been particularly eager to learn more about our warships, was thrilled. He said: “From product ideation to collaboration with partners, the visit allowed me to appreciate the intrinsic and rigorous planning processes behind Singapore’s naval tech. Besides learning more about DSTA’s work, I was also able to see the breadth and depth of DSTA’s industrial ties, as well as its influence in the sector. I would like to thank our guides for organising this exhibition journey!”

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