Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force to Acquire New Purpose-Built Platforms

Singapore’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) will acquire new purpose-built platforms to better deal with maritime threats like sea robberies and intrusions into country’s territorial waters, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen announced.

According to reports, the new purpose-built ships will be acquired in the coming few years and the MSTF will use four refurbished patrol vessels as an interim measure.

The Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) is a Singapore Armed Forces-level task force, formed as a result of the restructuring of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Coastal Command on 19 January 2009. It is based at the Singapore Maritime Security Centre within the Changi Command and Control Centre at Changi Naval Base.

The task force’s role is to ensure Singapore’s maritime security and act as a coordinating agency for all national maritime agencies to allow for the seamless execution of maritime security operations.

Assets from the Navy, Air Force and Army will be assigned to MSTF as required by operations. MSTF also has the ability to co-op assets from national agencies such as the Police Coast Guard (PCG), Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Customs for a unified response to maritime security threats.

Commander MSTF reports directly to the Chief of Defence Force (CDF), but the Chief of Navy (CNV) would have oversight over its various peacetime operations.

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