Singapore Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday that it has launched a new submarine training center (STC) at Changi Naval Base.
Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han officiated at the launch this afternoon.
Since 2000, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has been conducting local submarine training and qualifying new submariners in Singapore. The STC is a one-stop training facility that enhances training realism, effectiveness and efficiency, and is able to meet all operational training and qualification requirements for the submariners.
The STC also features simulators where both individual and team training can be conducted in a safe environment incorporating realistic scenarios.
Two RSN Challenger-class submarines, RSS Challenger and RSS Centurion, were also retired from service. These submarines have served the RSN well since 1997. In recognition of RSS Challenger's role as the RSN’s first submarine and training platform, the STC has been named RSS Challenger.