KUALA LUMPUR: The story from NST is another indictment of our failure to properly prepare our armed forces for any eventualities. Yes, no one can predict the future but if a proper defence strategy had been formulated we would have not resorted to this desperate measure. With the Ambalat dispute heating up again, the RMN however might be counting its blessings.
Hopefully, the modifications to the ship had include a satellite communications link so that any success can be transmitted almost immediately and not kept in the ship’s log book only…..
MV Bunga Lima
Owner M.I.S.C., Malaysia
Shipyard MSE, Malaysia
Length overall 32,80 m
Breadth mld 7,5 m
Draught design 22,7 m
Service speed 17kn
PASIR GUDANG: A container ship has joined the navy as an auxiliary vessel on its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.
MISC Bhd, in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy and the National Security Council converted the MV Bunga Mas Lima to escort and protect its ships sailing through the pirate-infested gulf off the coast of Somalia.
This follows last year’s hijacking of two MISC ships there.
In a statement yesterday, MISC said the conversion was carried out by its heavy engineering arm Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd here.
The Bunga Mas Lima is the first Malaysian merchant ship to be converted into an auxiliary vessel for the navy.
A ceremony to commemorate the successful conversion of the ship was held here yesterday, attended by Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad, navy chief Admiral Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Jaafar and MISC president and chief executive officer Amir Hamzah Azizan.
Since last year’s hijackings, RMN had launched Op Fajar, a rescue, escort and protection mission, with the aim of ensuring the safe passage of all MISC vessels in the Gulf of Aden.