SHAH ALAM: The launch of the first LCS has been set on Aug. 24, 2017. The launch will be held at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, where the six LCS under contract are built. Currently, the yard is building the first two LCS.
The date of the launch was announced in a tweet by the LCS Twitter account this morning. The post stated that a meeting was held at the Orien Star Hotel in Lumut to prepare for the launch of the ship, planned for Aug 24, 2017.
Malaysian Defence had reported previously on the August, launch date. However, this was the first official confirmation of the date.
Can the launch be delayed? Based on the above, it appears all the technical requirements have been met for the Aug. 24 launch. However, the launch could be delayed, if the VIPs invited to the event, had to cancel their appearance at the last moment.
It has happened before so do not be surprised if it happen this time around.
Meanwhile, the second patrol boat donated by Japan for APMM is expected to sail home later this month. APMM in on its official Facebook page stated that the ship was in the final stages of its refurbishment in Japan.
The first patrol boat donated by Japan, KM Pekan arrived home in March, just in time for LIMA 17. Let’s hope, Arau will arrived home safely.
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