The 4 key roles of our Navy
Ensuring maritime security
The Singapore Strait is one of the busiest waterways in the world – every day, close to a thousand ships ply it. Given its proximity to the country’s city centre and critical industries, it is crucial that the RSN ensures that maritime security is never compromised. The Navy maintains a 24/7 presence in Singapore waters, supported by surveillance and sense-making hubs ashore, and works closely with national and regional maritime agencies and navies to ensure that our seas are safe and secure for all.
The RSN contributes to the expansion of Singapore’s policy space by making friends and sustaining strong relationships with fellow navies in the region and beyond. Building relationships with friends and partners improves trust and interoperability and makes it easier to tackle maritime concerns and security challenges together.
Protecting our Sea Lines of Communication
Singapore sits astride the major sea lines of communication in the world. Cut off its access to them and Singapore will immediately be isolated. The RSN plays an important role in maintaining access to these sea lines of communication and deterring and dealing with threats to their closure.
Securing our peace
In peace, the RSN has to hone and finesse its warfighting capabilities. It has to be ready at all times to answer the call of duty, and work with friends and partners to protect the seas, which are global commons. Should deterrence and diplomacy fail, the RSN will secure a swift and decisive victory for Singapore against any aggressor at sea.