Keel Laying Ceremony for Second LCS

SHAH ALAM: Keel Laying Ceremony for Second LCS. Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Johari Baharum officiated the keel laying for the second LCS at the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) in Lumut today.

A year ago – March 8, 2016 – a similar ceremony for the first LCS was conducted at the shipyard. There is no word however on when the ship will be launched although from the pictures of today’s ceremony revealed that more work is to be done on the first LCS.

The keel of the second LCS (right) prior to the ceremony. Next to it is the structure of the 1st LCS.

Interestingly, a Belgium-based news portal Navy Recognition in its report dated Jan. 2. 2017 says this:

Based on the DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette design (also selected by the Egyptian Navy), the Royal Malaysian Navy future LCS will be slightly larger and thus classified as frigates (with a length of 111 meters and a displacement of 3,100 tons). First ship of the class is set to be floated out and lowered in the water via a platform in December of 2018.

A screenshot of the Naval Recognition post on the LCS. The highlighted portion is the quote above.

I am not sure whether the December 2018 launch date is correct but if it’s true this means that the first LCS will most likely enter service at the earliest in 2020.

The LCS major equipment detailed. RMN graphics.

Anyhow, with the deputy minister officiating the event and the RMN also represented by the deputy chief – with no disrespect – I doubt we will know much about the program apart from that it was running on schedule. Hopefully, I will get a better update at LIMA 17 as I was unable to go to Lumut today.

A CGI of the LCS.

Meanwhile, the Sundaily reports that Johari said that the first LCS will be ready by 2019.

Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said the construction works which started last year is 50% complete and expected to be completed by April 2019 in time for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima).

“RMN wants the ship to be ready before Lima,” he told reporters after officiating the keel laying ceremony for the second LCS ship at Boustead Naval Shipyard here today

The story above is wierd because the LIMA series exhibition is held in March, since 2013.

The multi-layered capabilities of the LCS. RMN graphics.

It’s also interesting to note that the mast and radome of the Panaromic Integrated Sensor Mast (PISM) for the first LCS is built by DCNS, as tweeted by RMN LCS project team on Feb. 21, 2017.

The DCNS Panaromic Integrated Sensor and Mast (PISM). DCNS

By the way, the keel laying ceremony is:

Laying the keel, or laying down is the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction. It is often marked with a ceremony attended by dignitaries from the shipbuilding company and the ultimate owners of the ship. A structural keel is a beam around which the hull of a ship is built. The keel runs in the middle of the ship, from the bow to the stern, and serves as a basic foundation or spine of the structure, providing the major source of structural strength of the hull.

*updated to fix  the spelling of DS Johari Baharum. 

–Malaysian Defence

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